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NEW YORK – Following the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision on President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban, Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA senior director of campaigns, released the following statement:

“This ruling is a temporary relief for thousands of people fleeing horrific violence, who might have otherwise been blocked from entering the country by the refugee and Muslim ban. These are ordinary people who have been forced to run for their lives. By turning its back on some of the world’s most vulnerable people, the U.S. is abandoning its rich tradition of welcoming people seeking safety. We cannot continue to dehumanize people based on where they come from or how they worship. No part of this cruel and discriminatory ban is reasonable. Congress must intervene and end the ban once and for all.”

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