Biden Administration’s Window for Ending Title 42 in an Orderly Way is Closing

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March 21, 2022
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March 21 marks two years since the U.S. government implemented Title 42, an order that health experts say has no grounding in protecting public health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but which has been used for 1.7 million expulsions along the U.S.-Mexico border. Alianza Americas, a coalition of 55 migrant-led organizations across 18 states, and its digital organizing project Presente.org, called on the Biden administration to immediately end this inhumane and racist measure, and to expeditiously take the steps needed to ensure that the border is open and functioning regularly, guaranteeing that the rights of migrants and asylum seekers are protected. 

 

Revoking Title 42 in an orderly and humane way means investing in personnel and physical infrastructure at the border — aka, processing centers staffed with trained asylum managers and social workers, not uniformed law enforcement — in order to increase the U.S. government’s capacity to fairly process asylum seekers. It also means collaborating with humanitarian and border aid groups, to ensure that asylum seekers — many of whom have spent years in Mexico, facing kidnapping, rape, and torture — approach border entry points for prompt processing in a safe and organized way. Collaborating with humanitarian organizations is also critical in order to ensure that asylum seekers are released into U.S. shelters prepared to receive them, and are supported in getting placed with family or other support networks within the U.S. as they await their immigration court dates. 

 

“We’ve increasingly seen just how arbitrary asylum has become at the border, with an official memorandum instruction to make case by case exemptions from Title 42 for Ukrainians, even as Black and Brown asylum seekers are turned away under this provision,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas. “Title 42 is a hateful legacy of the Trump administration and the Biden White House should have revoked it on its first day in office. The U.S. government needs to take steps now to rapidly build up its capacity to fairly and humanely process asylum applications at its southern border. That means working closely with civil society humanitarian organizations at the border who stand ready to help, should the Department of Homeland Security engage them.” 

 

“When the CDC officially reviews Title 42 on March 30, this is a key moment for the Biden administration to once and for all end this cruel and illegal policy that should have never been implemented in the first place,” said Helena Olea, associate director of Alianza Americas.  “DHS and other government agencies need to take action now to prepare to receive asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border in a fair and orderly manner, because the window for doing so is rapidly closing.” 

 

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Alianza Americas is the only transnational organization rooted in Latino immigrant communities in the United States focused on improving the quality of life of all people in the U.S.-Mexico-Central America migration corridor.  As a network of Latino and Caribbean immigrants, Alianza Americas is working for change in the U.S. while also promoting a more stable, healthy, democratic and safer conditions in the countries of origin of their members.
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