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Amnesty International USA Welcomes Ninth Circuit Decision on Refugee and Muslim Ban

September 7, 2017

Amnesty International USA activists speak out against a ban and a wall against people
AIUSA Executive Director Margaret and AI Secretary General Salil Shetty delivered a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, outlining numerous personal stories of people who are affected by the Muslim ban, asking DHS to release full information about how the ban has been implemented, and demanding that DHS help roll back the ban. As a part of the protests outside, we projected “No Ban, No Wall” on the building along with photos of refugees in Lebanon and Kenya provided by Magnum Photography.


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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.”