1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Tell Congress: No Muslim, Asylum, or Refugee Bans

By Hannah Graf Evans, January 27, 2020


Three years ago this week, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. for nationals from certain Muslim-majority countries and dismantling the refugee resettlement program. He recently stated that he intends to expand this travel ban. The announcement could come as soon as this week.

As a result of the administration’s policy changes, families remain banned from reunification and refugees banned from protection. Courts have gone into overdrive trying to tamp down on this abuse of executive authority. Three years later, Congress still needs to pass legislation to reverse course.

Your member of Congress can advance two bills to prohibit this from happening again: The NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214/S. 1123) and the GRACE Act (H.R. 2146/S. 1088). Together, they would immediately end the current bans, set limits so that Congress can stop discriminatory bans from being implemented, and establish a minimum number of annual refugee arrivals.

Urge your member of Congress to prioritize legislation that ensures that no future President has the unchecked power to discriminate against Muslims, immigrants, or refugees.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans leads FCNL's lobbying for compassionate immigration and refugee policies, with a particular focus on detention practices, the rights of border communities, and protection of vulnerable communities. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.