Apr 10, 2019

Democrats introduce bill to repeal Trump's travel ban

Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday to repeal President Trump's controversial travel ban on seven countries, five of which are predominantly Muslim.

Details: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Cali.) introduced the bill with the support of Muslim Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), as well as every Democratic presidential candidate in Congress, per the Washington Post. The NO BAN Act would repeal all three versions of Trump's travel ban, completely prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion for immigrants and limit any broad executive authority to issue new travel bans.

  • Coons noted that the odds the bill will get a Senate floor vote or get signed by Trump are very slim, but said: "It is still worth articulating that there is a legal path towards keeping our country safe and narrowing the power of the executive so that a future president does not do this again."

Background: Federal courts blocked Trump's first two versions of the ban, which exclusively targeted seven different Muslim countries. His final version was upheld by the Supreme Court. It includes five Muslim countries, along with North Korea and Venezuela.

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Focus group: What some Florida swing voters think of Bloomberg

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Contributor

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Some swing voters here are unbothered by the way Michael Bloomberg is spending heaps of his own money to help him win the race — but they're split over whether they'd actually vote for the New York billionaire over President Trump.

Why it matters: Bloomberg is the only Democrat who was even slightly intriguing to these voters. They're happy with Trump and don't feel like they recognize the current Democratic Party relative to when they voted for Barack Obama.

In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Namaste Trump" rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told a massive crowd at a rally in Ahmedabad, northwest India, Monday he hopes to reach a trade deal with his ""true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the country "except he's a very tough negotiator."

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties, particularly in the military dimension, as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Modi demonstrated the importance of the visit with a "Namaste Trump" rally at a packed 110,000-capacity Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the world's largest cricket venue.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries as cases in South Korea surge

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain each reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus, Al Jazeera first reported, as infections in South Korea, Italy and mainland China continued to increase on Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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