This legislation, referred to as the Freedom of Religion Act, would alter the Immigration and Nationality Act to explicitly state that immigrants may not be denied admission to the United States on the basis of their religion.The bill is just one line long.
What is House Bill H.R. 5207?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 5207
In Depth: This bill comes in response to calls from prominent politicians — namely presidential hopeful Donald Trump — to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
After a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA in December 2015, the Trump campaign released a statement calling for:
“a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.”
There is debate over whether such a ban would be legal.
The sponsor of this legislation, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA), called the bill an "appeal to hope rather than fear." He added:
“Our Founding Fathers guaranteed religious freedom for all in the First Amendment to our Constitution. People all around the world look to us as the standard for freedom, liberty, and tolerance.”
Of Note: In a press conference announcing the legislation, all 11 speakers in favor of the bill — six members of Congress and five religious leaders — made clear references to Donald Trump in their remarks, although only one mentioned him by name.
Freedom of Religion Act of 2016
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that an alien may not be denied admission to the United States because of the alien's religion, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Immigration and CitizenshipCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedMay 12th, 2016
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