Assemblymember Levine’s “No Ban No Wall” Resolution Advances to Judiciary Committee

Monday, January 30, 2017

President Trump’s Muslim ban is Islamophobic and betrays American Values

Today, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 2, introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) in December was referred out of the Assembly Rules Committee to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. AJR 2 calls on Congress and the President to reject immigration discrimination and efforts to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

 “President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States and drastically reduce refugee resettlement is Islamophobic and betrays American values and must be withdrawn,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “I am grateful our founders crafted the Constitution with co-equal branches of government, blessing our republic with checks and balances on power. The founder’s wisdom was reinforced this weekend when the courts issued a stay on this unconstitutional executive order on immigration.”

AJR 2 commends Latino Americans and Muslim Americans for their economic, political, and cultural impact on California and the United States.  In so doing, the resolution calls on the President of the United States and Members of the United States Congress to respect the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids Congress from restricting an individual’s religious practices; and to reject efforts to monitor mosques, profile American Muslims, adopt any immigration policy based on discrimination and to reject efforts to build a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border.

There are approximately 12 million Californians of Mexican descent and one million Californians that practice Islam. Latinos and Muslims have come to the United States from more than 80 countries and suffered through violence, wars, ethnic and religious persecution, causing them to seek refuge. 

Last year Assemblymember Marc Levine authored two resolutions condemning Candidate Trump for his promises to build a wall, deport immigrants and prohibit Muslim immigration. AJR 39 called on Congress to respect the First Amendment and the rights of Muslim-Americans and to speak out against and reject any efforts to pursue an immigration policy based on religion. AJR 40 urged Congress to speak out against and reject efforts to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border. 

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.