No House Republicans Step Forward to Oppose a National Registry of Muslims

Japanese-American Concentration Camp in World War II in the United States of America

Your new president, Donald Trump, favors putting Muslims in a required national registry. One of President-Elect Donald Trump’s spokespeople has justified a forced Muslim registry in America by noting that the United States had used such provisions before when forcing Japanese Americans into concentration camps. “It’s a precedent.”

Japanese-American Concentration Camp in World War II in the United States of America

In reaction, Representative Suzan DelBene has introduced a bill to Congress that would expressly forbid the President, the Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense or any other United States government official from creating a registry of people in America on the basis of religion. “President-elect Donald Trump is breaking his promise to be a President for all Americans by supporting the creation of a Muslim registry. This kind of xenophobic and hateful rhetoric has no place in our government,” Rep. DelBene declared in a statement from her office on Capitol Hill. “We cannot allow our country to disregard the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution. My bill would prohibit the administration from violating the constitutional rights of Americans because everyone should be treated equally under our laws.”

To date, Rep. DelBene’s bill (H.R. 6382) has won eight official supporters in the form of cosponsorship. They are:

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

This is out of 435 members of the House of Representatives. Not one Republican member of Congress has stepped forward to support this bill.

To contact your member of the House of Representatives and let them know they should cosponsor H.R. 6382 as soon as possible, click here to find their phone number.