Washington, D.C. – Following the devastating news of the deaths of over 50 people migrating to the U.S., Bruna Sollod, Senior Communications and Political Director of United We Dream, said:
“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this horrific tragedy. We mourn for those who lost their lives, and send well wishes to those in recovery. This is one of the deadliest incidents of attempted migration in recent history and it was completely preventable. People will always move, and our government has a responsibility to ensure that people are able to do so safely and with dignity.
For years now, our asylum system has been eviscerated with the continuation of policies like Title 42 and ‘Remain in Mexico.’ By allowing these policies to continue, President Biden has contributed to creating dangerous conditions for people who migrate. This goes beyond yesterday’s tragic incident in San Antonio, and includes the horrific beating of Haitians we saw at the border last year at the hands of CBP. When people move, their rights move with them, and both the Biden administration and Congress must do more to ensure we have an immigration system that prioritizes human life and human rights.”