April 14, 2021

Rep. Lou Correa & House Judiciary Pass Legislation Protecting Immigrants

Correa Applauds Passage Of No Ban Act And Access To Counsel Act While Urging More Protections For Immigrants

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) joined his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee to pass the No Ban Act, and the H.R. 1573 - Access to Counsel Act. Both of these bills seek to protect immigrant communities and ensure all immigrants have access to due process. Congressman Correa also reiterated the importance of passing his legislation, H.R. 656, the DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Act, which is the first legislation he introduced during the 115th Congress.

Rep. Lou Correa said, “When former President Trump announced his Muslim Ban, I went to LAX to help these future Americans. I saw dozens of young lawyers working on floors and tables to keep those targeted by the President from being deported. My legislation would ensure due process and allow everyone access to lawyers.  

“The No Ban Act ensures no President will ever be able to single out any race or religion again. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and our future depends on new Americans bringing innovative ideas and boundless passion. And most of all, it will ensure the United States remains a shining city on a hill for countless generations.” 

Background: The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals the three versions of President Trump’s Muslim ban, strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and restores the separation of powers by limiting overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans. The legislation is supported by over 90 members of Congress, nearly 400 diverse civil rights, faith, national security, and community organizations, as well as private companies and more than 50 immigration law professors.

The DIRE Act directs the Department of Justice to award grants to nonprofit organizations that defend immigrants undergoing deportation proceedings.

Following Congressman Lou Correa’s leadership, the Access To Counsel Act enacts a portion of the DIRE Legal Aid Act by ensuring all immigrants at risk of deportation are provided legal counsel to advise them on their rights and responsibilities. 


Rep. Lou Correa represents California’s 46th Congressional District. He serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, and as the Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Read more here.