Airbnb recently announced that it will be supporting the NO BAN (National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants) Act, which was introduced by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Congresswoman Judy Chu of California.
Airbnb believes that the travel ban is wrong. With the NO BAN Act, Airbnb believes it will continue the growth of its global community and supports the kind of travel that encourages human potential.
Airbnb endorses this legislation and thanks Senator Coons and Congresswoman Chu for supporting policies that open doors and build bridges between cultures around the world.
Chris Lehane, Vice President of Global Policy and Communications
The newly proposed NO BAN Act would annul executive actions related to the Administration's 2017 travel ban, as well as limit presidential say in restricting access to certain demographics, bar discrimination on a person's religious views, require increased reporting and reaffirm the United States' commitment to welcoming diverse peoples into the country.
Airbnb has opposed the travel ban since it was first announced in 2017. The home-sharing aggregator believes the travel ban is antithetical to its belong anywhere operation and the company's values, as a whole. When the Administration enacted the travel ban, Airbnb had a goal of housing 100.000 people across the globe who were in need of shelter as part of its Open Homes program. In late 2017, the company, alongside 100 US companies, filed an amicus brief in support of a court challenge to the policy, dubbed Trump v. Hawaii. When the Supreme Court received the case and the policy was upheld in June of 2018, Airbnb publicly announced its disappointment with the decision and launched a reactionary campaign to match donations to the International Refugees Assistance Project.
Aibnb stands by the principle that travel is a "transformative and powerful experience". The company pledges to continue to invite international peoples to utilize its services and help bridge the gap between cultures around the world.
Edited by V. Haviland