Democrats Introduce Bill That Would Oppose Trump's Proposed Immigration Ban on Eve of His Capitol Hill Visit

A bill from House Democrats would keep religious tests out of immigration.

"It’s very narrow in scope. We’re not going to discriminate when it comes to immigration based on religion," Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, who authored the bill, told ABC News.

Following the December shootings in San Bernardino, California, Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." His comments were condemned by Democrats and Republican congressional leaders, but he has not backed down on this stance.

Beyer said the legislation is an attempt to "appeal to hope rather than fear."

The bill has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled House, but Democrats say that’s not the point. "At the very least, having the bill out there gives encouragement out there to Americans that Donald Trump’s ideas are not ruling the day on this issue,” Beyer said. "We’re pushing back with a strong, clear voice."

Democrats don’t want to let his visit go to waste and are trying leverage the attention surrounding the trip to score some political points.

“We didn’t plan it based on his visit but I think it is a coincidence is a fortuitous one,” Beyer said.

"They are coming together and saying that religion should not be an impediment to realizing the benefits American values," Beyer said.