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In response to a replacement executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, released the following statement:

“This replacement order is the same hate and fear with new packaging. It will cause extreme fear and uncertainty for thousands of families by, once again, putting anti-Muslim hatred into policy. No amount of editing can make this executive order anything but what it is – blatant bigotry. There are real threats to security, but this bigoted order will do nothing to make the country safer.

“Continuing to close U.S. borders both people attempting to flee violence – whether from Syria or Honduras – will only intensify human rights crisis all over the world. It is inhumane, short-sighted and against all of our shared values. Congress must step in immediately to block this new order.”