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The United States Program of Human Rights Watch protects and promotes the fundamental rights and dignity of every person subject to the authority of the US government. We investigate and expose systemic human rights violations committed by the US federal, state and local governments, particularly in three priority areas: criminal justice, immigration, and national security. We prioritize issues affecting vulnerable populations, especially those that are likely to have difficulty vindicating their rights through the political process or in the courts, such as the poor, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, prisoners, immigrants, and children. Our investigations become the basis for strategic advocacy to press those in power to effect changes in laws and policies to respect fundamental rights.

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Oppose Suspension of Refugee Program

Oppose Suspension of Refugee Program

US President Trump issued an executive order halting all resettlement of refugees to the US for at least 120 days and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. This harms people fleeing persecution who have already been extensively screened by the US government. The order also bans nationals of 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least 90 days, harming them and their US-based families, communities, and businesses. 
Stand up for immigrant and refugee rights. Ask your Senators to oppose the executive order.