Reinstatement of Title 42 Violates Human Rights and Must Not Stand
“It is deeply disappointing that the Biden administration has extended the use of Title 42. Coming at the same time the administration is re-implementing the ‘Remain in Mexico’ protocols, this will force even more immigrants to wait for long periods of time in unsafe, life-threatening conditions, at risk from smugglers and drug cartels, in Mexico for their asylum hearings. This combination of dangerous, unethical policies will make it practically impossible for people seeking asylum to get protection at our southern border.
“Title 42 is a provision of health law that the Trump administration mis-used to deny immigrants the opportunity to seek safety in the United States. This Trump-era scapegoating policy puts asylum-seekers’ lives at risk. Using it to validate deportations is as indefensible now as it was when the Trump administration did so.
“Countless health experts have said there is no scientific basis for this policy. Instead, public health measures such as testing, quarantining and vaccination can effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19. We urge Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration to end the use of Title 42, and work to deliver a fair immigration process that respects the human rights of all children and families. Families belong together. Every asylum-seeker should be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.”