With just months left in his first term, President Donald Trump is again facing the wrath of House Democrats — and this time, they want to strike down one of his earliest decisions.
According to The Hill, the House voted 233–183 on Wednesday to reverse Trump’s prized travel ban.
Travel ban on the chopping block?
The travel ban was one of President Trump’s first major moves in office, and it was met with swift resistance — setting the tone for much of his presidency — with large crowds of protesters gathering in airports in the days the followed the order, as The Guardian reported at the time.
The Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2018 after a lengthy court battle, according to the New York Post, but as Trump heads to his re-election, Democrats in the House are doing their best to overturn what has long been one of his most controversial policies.
As The Hill reported, the lower chamber voted along party lines Wednesday to pass the NO BAN Act, which would limit Trump’s ability to restrict the travel of aliens into the United States.
Introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), the bill would specifically require the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to get consent from Congress before imposing such limitations, as well as bar religious discrimination in immigration decisions. Those “unlawfully harmed” could sue in federal court.
“This is lunacy”
Of course, as The Hill notes, the bill is unlikely to even be brought up in the GOP-controlled Senate, and Republicans haven’t been shy in their criticism of it. During debate on the House floor, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said even considering the measure “is lunacy.”
“We are spending our time with this bill that would limit it and make it more difficult for the president of the United States — any president, just because some people don’t like this president, they are going to make it harder for any president — to keep Americans safe, whether it’s from terrorists abroad or whether it’s for health pandemics that might break out again in the future,” Scalise said, according to The Hill. “This is lunacy.”
That hasn’t swayed Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden, however; the former vice president vowed Monday to reverse the ban on “day one” if elected, the New York Post reported.
“We know the truth”
Biden is on the same page as Somalian-born Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has condemned the ban, saying it has nothing to do with safety. “The White House has tried to wrap their hateful policy up in a false story about national security. But we know the truth,” she said on the House floor Wednesday, according to the Post.
The White House has argued that the Muslim-majority countries targeted by the travel ban are hotbeds of terrorism, but Democrats claim that the real motivation is hatred of Muslims, not national security concerns.
It all represents just another reason to keep Democrats out of power. With progressives like Omar under his wing, Biden would virtue signal America to death.