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US: Congress Should Not Fund Abusive Immigration Policies

A year after a US election marred by divisive rhetoric, thousands of families have been torn apart and millions are living in fear because of cruel and ineffective deportation policies, Human Rights Watch said today. Americans who want to push back should ask their representatives to oppose the Trump administration’s funding request for these harmful policies by participating in a campaign called “Immigrants Are US.”

“Congress should develop a real plan to reform our broken immigration system that protects immigrants with deep ties to the US and affords everyone due process,” said Alison Parker, US Program director at Human Rights Watch. “Lawmakers need to hear from voters who think it should reject President Trump’s immigration agenda, and deny increased funding to a broken system that already does so much harm.”

An animated film by Molly Crabapple and narrated in English by comedian Samantha Bee and in Spanish by actor Demián Bichir was released today by Human Rights Watch as a part of the campaign, which also marks the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s election. The film highlights how rhetoric conflating illegal immigration with crime is dangerous and divisive, fueling policies that destroy families and harm communities. Human Rights Watch is urging people in the United States to mark November 8, 2017, by wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Immigrants Are US.”

Read more: Human Rights Watch, http://bit.ly/2iJdCPr

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