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Rights group wants US to act on immigration reform in 2015

Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 1:14 AM

A major human rights group in the United States wants the American government to act on immigration reform this year, saying that too many families have been torn apart by unnecessary deportations to the Caribbean and other places.



According to Human Rights Watch, while President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration protects millions of families in the US, it leaves major rights concerns unaddressed.



The group has urged the President and the US Congress to act to end harsh treatment at the border, unnecessary detention, and unfair criminal penalties that tear families apart.



US advocacy director of Human Rights Watch, Antonio Ginatta, says last year’s presidential action still leaves millions of people subject to unfair and harsh immigration laws and practices that cry out for reform.



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