A group of Democratic lawmakers, joined by religious leaders of various faiths, have announced a bill that would make it illegal to deny entry to the United States of any foreigner on the basis of religion.
The draft bill sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and co-sponsored by scores of lawmakers, the vast majority Democrats, comprises a single short sentence: “An alien may not be denied admission to the United States because of the alien’s religion or lack of religious beliefs.”
Although the text does not further define the alien in question, Beyer’s office said in a statement that the bill – which he’s calling the Freedom of Religion Act – aims “to prohibit the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States.”
At a Capitol Hill press conference announcing the initiative Trump came up frequently – although mostly not by name – as lawmakers and religious figures linked the bill to the GOP presidential candidate’s call last December for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. due to terrorism concerns.
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