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Over 100 Democrat Lawmakers in Congress Introduce Bill to End Trump ‘Muslim Ban’

© AP Photo / Boris RoesslerIn this June 28, 2014 file photo veiled women attend a speech by preacher Pierre Vogel, in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, Germany. A law that forbids any kind of full-face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, has come into force in Austria Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Only a small number of Muslim women in Austria wear full-face veils, but they have become a target for right-wing groups and political parties. France and Belgium have similar laws and the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is calling for a burqa ban there too
In this June 28, 2014 file photo veiled women attend a speech by preacher Pierre Vogel, in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, Germany. A law that forbids any kind of full-face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, has come into force in Austria Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Only a small number of Muslim women in Austria wear full-face veils, but they have become a target for right-wing groups and political parties. France and Belgium have similar laws and the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is calling for a burqa ban there too - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Trump administration restrictions on visas for residents of five predominantly Muslim nations would end under legislation that was introduced by more than 100 Democratic lawmakers from both chambers of Congress.

"Since President Trump first announced his Muslim ban more than two years ago, thousands of American families apart," US Senator Chris Coons said at a news conference, flanked by fellow Democrats and representatives of hundreds of advocacy groups to announce the initiative.

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The legislation would repeal a ban on visas for travellers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — nations with a history of Islamist terrorism — as well as North Korea and Venezuela, according to a press release.

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The law would also limit the president’s authority to impose future travel bans, the release said.

More than 30 Senate Democrats and over 60 Democratic members in the House of Representatives signed on as cosponsors of the legislation.

The press release also mentioned that more than 400 advocacy groups backed the initiative, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Muslim Advocates and the National Immigration Law Center.

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