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17-S0054 on Jan 5, 2017

Bill Sponsorship: opposing a religious registry
Source: S.54 & H.R.5207
Press Release from 9 Senators: [Cory Booker and 13 co-sponsors] introduced legislation that would block a registry of people based on their religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality. "Religious freedom and freedom from discrimination are fundamental rights central to the very idea of being an American," Sen. Booker said. "Forcing people to sign up for a registry based on their religion, race, or national origin does nothing to keep America secure. It does, however, undermine the freedom of religion guaranteed by our Constitution and promote the false notion that people of certain faiths and nationalities are inherently suspect. Our legislation would block Donald Trump and subsequent administrations from infringing on religious liberty by creating an immigration-related religious registry."

National origin-based immigration registry systems have proven ineffective at combatting terrorism and strengthening national security, but effective at instilling fear in certain communities. The George W. Bush-era National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), registered over 83,000 individuals from 24 Muslim-majority countries, but yielded zero terrorism convictions.

Opposing argument: (GovTrack.us's analysis of S.54): President Trump pledged during his campaign to institute a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration and Syrian refugees "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." He made good on much of that promise with an executive order suspending America's refugee admission program for 120 days and banning all entry from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. Trump has defended a Muslim registry as necessary to national security. "They have to be [registered]. It's all about management. Our country has no management," he said when first proposing the idea in 2015. Trump reiterated his plans as president-elect in December. Also see H.R.5207


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Question 4: Keep God in the public sphere Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Principles & Values
  • Headline: Religious freedom means no religious registry (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Led effort for religious freedom via no religious registry (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 17-S0054

Cory Booker s2pNJ Democratic ChallengerJan 5, 2017
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr SenatorJan 24, 2017
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorMay 2, 2017
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 5, 2017
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr SenatorJan 5, 2017
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr SenatorJan 5, 2017
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr SenatorJan 5, 2017
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeJan 5, 2017
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic ChallengerJan 5, 2017
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr SenatorJan 5, 2017



Republicans participating in 17-S0054



Independents participating in 17-S0054



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 10
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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