Virginia congressman’s bill would make it illegal for Donald Trump to ban Muslim immigrants

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Source: The Washington Post

By Julie Zauzmer

A Virginia congressman announced a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal for the United States to block an immigrant based on his or her religion.

The very short measure — just one full sentence — is meant as a symbolic swing at a key element of Donald Trump’s bid for president, his repeated pledge to temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States.

“An alien may not be denied admission to the United States because of the alien’s religion or lack of religious beliefs,” the text proposed by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) says. Beyer announced the bill at a news conference Wednesday along with five other Democratic members of Congress and dozens of representatives of atheists and Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious organizations.

Of the six members of Congress and five religious leaders who spoke in favor of the bill, only one mentioned Trump by name. But all clearly referred to him.

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) listed recent instances of bullying and one case of violence against Muslims in his Queens district. “When a candidate for president, a standard-bearer, calls for a ban on an entire religion from entering this country, this is what happens,” he said, calling Beyer’s bill “important legislation” and “a noble effort.”

It is not clear now that Trump would actually have the power as president to deny all Muslims entry to the country. Experts have said that while constitutional rights do not apply to non-U.S. citizens,international agreements would make such an immigration policy illegal.

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  1. How is Trump planning on dealing with resident Americans who convert to Islam? Throw them out of the country? If so, where?!

    After all, there are a lot of Americans among many other countries’ citizens who are converting out there.

    Therefore, even if he does not allow Muslims to enter the USA, what is going to happen to born Americans becoming Muslims?

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