SCOTUS Decision One Important Step Toward a More Humane, Functional Asylum System
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Biden v. Texas will bring us one step closer to ending the appalling humanitarian disaster President Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy created. It affirms the Biden administration’s authority to implement more humane immigration policies. We have never needed that more than we do now. Remain in Mexico and Title 42 are racist policies that continue to create chaos and unimaginably dangerous journeys for asylum seekers. Those policies failed to deter asylum-seekers, failed to respect our laws, and failed to protect basic human rights. The tragic, heartbreaking deaths of 53 migrants in San Antonio this week were a stark reminder that people are being pushed to take highly dangerous routes, risking their lives, while our border remains effectively closed to asylum seekers. And people will continue risking their lives to come here to escape desperate conditions in their home countries.
“Seeking asylum is legal under U.S. and international law and a fundamental human right. Today’s ruling is a major step toward restoring normalcy at our border, but it is only the beginning. We must invest in our asylum system, fund immigration courts, and eliminate backlogs in processing asylum claims. When we do all that, we will strengthen our communities, help alleviate the labor shortage that is stifling our recovery and feeding inflation, and live up to both U.S and international laws. America’s moms want every immigrant and every asylum-seeker to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.”