From: The Honorable Suzan K. DelBene
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Bill: H.R. 6382
Date: 12/16/2016

Oppose Creation of a Religious Registry

Cosponsor the No Religious Registry Act (HR 6382)


Current Cosponsors (70): Reps. John Conyers, John Lewis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Doris Matsui, Steve Cohen, Keith Ellison, Andre Carson, Judy Chu, Rick Larsen, David Cicilline, Adam Smith, Denny Heck, Brendan Boyle, Barbara Lee, Daniel
Kildee, Betty McCollum, Jerrold Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Jared Polis, Earl Blumenauer, Donald Beyer, Gwen Moore, Nydia Velazquez, Tim Ryan, John Yarmuth, Mark Takano, Adam Schiff, Michael Capuano, Gregory Meeks, Raul Ruiz, Mark Pocan, Gerald Connolly, Jim McDermott,
Debbie Dingell, Seth Moulton, Eric Swalwell, Grace Meng, Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, John Garamendi, James McGovern, Ami Bera, Jared Huffman, Bobby Scott, Ron Kind, Alan Lowenthal, Julia Brownley, Jan Schakowsky, Derek Kilmer, Ann McLane Kuster,
Mike Quigley, Peter DeFazio, Chellie Pingree, John Delaney, Eliot Engel, Katherine Clark, Jose Serrano, Raul Grijalva, William Keating, Louise Slaughter, Alcee Hastings, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mark DeSaulnier, Bennie Thompson, Suzanne Bonamici, Jim Himes,
Luis Gutierrez, Joyce Beatty  

Dear Colleague,

As you know, President-elect Donald Trump is considering a national religious registry of Muslim individuals in the United States[i], and one of his close advisors has suggested that Japanese internment camps from
World War II serve as legal precedent for such a registry[ii]. A dark piece of our nation’s history, Japanese interment was upheld in
Korematsu v. United States, which the late Justice Scalia called one of the worst cases in our history, on par with
Dred Scott. This is a dangerous and irresponsible proposal.

That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to prohibit the Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security and any United States government official from collecting information, establishing or otherwise utilizing a registry for the purposes of classifying
individuals on the basis of religious affiliation, and to prohibit any study related to the creation or use of such a registry. The legislation would cover U.S. citizens, U.S. visa applicants and immigrants lawfully present in the United States.

Please join me in opposing the creation of a religious registry by cosponsoring the No Religious Registry Act (H.R. 6382). Should you have any questions, please contact Lauren Soltani (
on my staff.


Suzan K. DelBene

Member of Congress