It’s called The Protect American Families Act, and it comes from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and eight other senators.
The legislation would block the establishment of a registry of people based on their religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin or nationality.
“Religious freedom and freedom from discrimination are fundamental rights central to the very idea of being an American,” Booker said in a press release this week. “Forcing people to sign up for a registry based on their religion, race, or national origin does nothing to keep America secure. It does, however, undermine the freedom of religion guaranteed by our Constitution and promote the false notion that people of certain faiths and nationalities are inherently suspect.
Co-sponsors of the bill include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Patty Murray, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey and Mazie Hirono.
“This bill reinforces the core American value that no person should be discriminated against based on their religion, origin, race, ethnicity, or nationality,” Schatz in a press release. “In Hawaii, one of the most diverse states in our country, we hold this belief as being central to our strength, resilience, and prosperity.”
“The protection of our Constitution is not conditional; it applies to all of us,” said Hirono. “We must take all steps possible to keep the incoming administration from using fear and prejudice to target the Muslim community, or any other faith or nationality. We will continue to fight for an inclusive and vibrant America.”
President-Elect Donald Trump has said he would like to establish a registry of individuals based on their religion, according to Schatz’s office.
“National origin-based immigration registry systems have proven ineffective at combatting terrorism and strengthening national security, but effective at instilling fear in certain communities,” his office explained.
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