Jewish Dems push to reverse Trump ban on migration from some Muslim countries
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Jewish Dems push to reverse Trump ban on migration from some Muslim countries

Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Max Rose of New York spearhead move to nullify White House restriction, calling it a ‘persecution of religious minorities’

Max Rose speaks to reporters after a town hall meeting at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center in the Staten Island borough of New York, October 2, 2019. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
Max Rose speaks to reporters after a town hall meeting at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center in the Staten Island borough of New York, October 2, 2019. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

JTA — Two moderate Jewish Democrats spearheaded a call on the leadership of the US House of Representatives to bring a bill forward that would nullify US President Donald Trump’s restrictions on immigration from a number of Muslim majority countries.

“As Americans, we must stand against the persecution of religious minorities,” said the letter sent Thursday to the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi and her deputies. “To pass the NO BAN Act is to stand up for the bedrock American value of religious liberty.”

The letter was signed by 32 moderate Democrats, many of whom represent districts won by Trump in 2016. The letter signals that Democrats see immigration as a winning issue in this year’s congressional and presidential elections.

Two of the three lawmakers spearheading the letter are Jewish: Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Max Rose of New York. The third is Stephanie Murphy of Florida. Among the signatories were another four Jewish Democrats in swing districts: Elaine Luria in Virginia, Elissa Slotkin in Michigan, Kim Schrier in Washington and Susan Wild in Pennsylvania.

Representatives Josh Gottheimer, left, and and Bill Pascrell at a news conference near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, April 17, 2019. (AP/Julio Cortez)

The act was introduced last year by Representative Judy Chu, a California Democrat, and has the support of most of the Democratic caucus. A release to the press announcing the letter said it was spurred in part by unconfirmed reports that Trump plans to expand the ban to other Muslim majority countries.

The Trump administration says the restrictions are not religiously discriminatory and are based on threat assessments.

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