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MEDIA CONTACT: Mandy Simon, [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) – After Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly delivered remarks this morning on the agency’s role on immigration, among other issues, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, had the following reaction:

“While Sec. Kelly is clearly campaigning for a bigger budget, those whose lives have been thrown into chaos by DHS policies – from asylum seekers to refugees to those affected by the travel ban – remain invisible in his homeland security goodwill tour. Sec. Kelly may believe that DHS should ‘never apologize’ for enforcing the law but policies that separate families and bar those fleeing violence from entering the U.S. are cruel and inhumane – plain and simple.”