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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 the refugee suspension

Oppose the refugee suspension

US President Trump issued a second executive order halting all resettlement of refugees to the US for at least 120 days. This harms people fleeing persecution who have already been extensively screened by the US government. The order also bans nationals with case by case exceptions of 6 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least 90 days, harming many of them as well as their US-based families and communities.

Stand up for immigrant and refugee rights. Ask your Senators to stand up to xenophobia and opposing the refugee suspension.