President-Elect Donald Trump in on the record in favor of placing Muslims on a required national registry, and a Trump spokesman justifies such a Muslim registry by noting that the United States once forced Americans of Japanese heritage into concentration camps. “It’s a precedent,” says the Trump spokesman. Most Americans find this episode of bigotry in American history to be abhorrent. Not the Trump camp.
Representative Suzan DelBene has taken action now to forbid the implementation of a religious registry by the Trump administration. H.R. 6382, the No Religious Registry Act, reads as follows:
To prohibit the collection of information and the establishment or utilization of a registry for the purposes of classifying certain United States persons and other individuals on the basis of religious affiliation, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “No Religious Registry Act”.
(a) In General.—No United States Government official, including the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security, may collect information or establish or otherwise utilize a registry, database, or similar for the purpose of classifying United States nationals or aliens lawfully present in the United States, or any alien who applies for a visa or seeks admission to the United States or on whose behalf a petition under the immigration laws is submitted, on the basis of religious affiliation, or conduct any study related to the collection of such information or the establishment or utilization of such a registry, database, or similar.
(b) Rule Of Construction.—Nothing in this section may be construed as prohibiting the collection of information that is voluntarily provided, including relating to the decennial census.
As of this morning, the No Religious Registry Act has garnered the official sponsorship or cosponsorship support of twenty members of Congress. They are:
|Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR-3]|
|Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA-13]|
|Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN-7]|
|Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA-27]|
|Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI-1]|
|Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY-9]|
|Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN-9]|
|Rep. John Conyers [D-MI-13]|
|Rep. Keith Ellison[D-MN-5]|
|Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA-10]|
|Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA-2]|
|Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA-13]|
|Rep. John Lewis [D-GA-5]|
|Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA-6]|
|Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN-4]|
|Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY-10]|
|Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO-2]|
|Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA-9]|
|Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL-23]|
Not a single Republican in the entire United States Congress has stepped forward to support this bill.
This list is not nearly long enough. Take action: to contact your member of the House of Representatives and let them know they should cosponsor H.R. 6382 as soon as possible, please visit the official U.S. House of Representatives directory to find their phone number.