Sending Office: Honorable Ilhan Omar
Cosponsor H.R. 5734
The Neighbors Not Enemies Act
Cosponsors (12): Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Raul M. Grijalva, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Janice Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Juan Vargas, Jimmy Panetta, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Earl Blumenauerl, Mark Takano
Endorsements (19): The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, National Iranian American Council Action, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Minnesota Peace Project, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Defending Rights & Dissent,
Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Church World Service, UndocuBlack Network, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE), International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), The Sikh Coalition, National Immigration
Law Center (NILC), Project South, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Shoulder to Shoulder, Veterans For Peace chapter 27, Coalition on Human Needs, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Conference
of Presentation Sisters
Please join me in cosponsoring the Neighbors Not Enemies Act which would repeal the Alien Enemies Act.
The 1798 laws known collectively as the “Alien and Sedition Acts” were a set of four bills targeting immigrants under the guise of war.
While three of the acts have since expired or been repealed, the Alien Enemies Act (AEA) remains in effect to this day.
The AEA allows the US president to determine how, and if, all foreign nationals from a specific country should be “apprehended, restrained, secured and removed” (50 USC 21). The Act was employed during WWII to detain and subsequently deport
German, Japanese, and Italian immigrants. More recently, during the 2016 election President Trump used the AEA as a justification for the Muslim Ban.(i)
The Trump administration has continually demonstrated the danger of unchecked executive powers, especially in regard to his immigration policies of family separation and attacks against Muslim immigrants and refugees, to name a few.
The AEA dangerously permits the president extreme executive powers to unjustly target an entire group of foreign nationals.
This outdated and xenophobic law is an offense to our values as a nation.
We must learn from historical mistakes built on fear of the other and embrace a fair and just immigration system by passing the Neighbors Not Enemies Act.
For additional information, please contact Maria Martirosyan at
Maria.Martirosyan@mail.house.gov or by calling 5-4755.
Member of Congress
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