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AnitaB.org Opposes Social Media Monitoring, Refugee Reductions

AnitaB.org once again stands with members of our worldwide community to strongly oppose two new government regulations that will affect highly vulnerable groups: immigrants and refugees.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would monitor the social media accounts of all immigrants, including naturalized citizens and permanent residents (also known as Green Card holders) starting on October 18 — the same date that a new travel ban is due to launch.

And today, the New York Times reports on the administration’s plans to sharply limit the total number of refugees admitted to the U.S. at 45,000 people, a steep drop from the Obama Administration’s 110,000-person levels. Humanitarian agencies say that, due to multiple global crisis issues, the U.S. would need to admit close to 75,000 refugees next year.

These two new programs — along with President Donald Trump’s new executive order banning residents of predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, and the abrupt termination of the DACA program — all run counter to the very notion of humanity and equality.

As advocates for the global community of women technologists, AnitaB.org strongly opposes these actions. Our work focuses on the wellbeing of a global network of women technologists and the companies that support them, and our programs — including the Grace Hopper Celebration, the Systers community, and Local Community groups — include women from more than 90 countries. On their behalf, we once again reach out to ethical members of the U.S. government, and implore them to stand up to agencies and actions that diminish opportunities for women, immigrants, and members of underrepresented minority groups.