Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general, led by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Tuesday in urging Congress to support a bill that would expand the anti-discrimination protections in the Immigration and Naturalization Act to "prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion in immigration decisions.

The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or NO BAN Act is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 ruling in Trump v. Hawaii that allowed President Trump's third iteration of his immigration travel ban, effectively a Muslim ban according to the Attorney General's office, to take effect.

The bill is being raised in Congress Tuesday before a special joint hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to discuss the Muslim Ban.

“The NO BAN Act is a powerful response to the Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in Trump v. Hawaii,” said Attorney General Connors.  “It would limit the power of the executive to institute pretextual entry restrictions and repeal the Trump Administration’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban.” 

In the letter to Congressional leaders submitted for Tuesday’s hearing, Attorney General Connors and the coalition state that the President’s Muslim Ban “resurfaces the discriminatory practices and anti-immigrant sentiments of immigration laws from the early 1900s,” contrary to Congressional intent.