Washington, D.C. – Today, the Biden administration took a much-needed step towards building a more welcoming immigration system by announcing the proposed ending of the evil Title 42. After its implementation by President Trump in March 2020 as a way to stop people from seeking asylum, the evil policy known as Title 42 remained in place long after its original implementation and barred asylum seekers from seeking refuge in the U.S.
Cynthia Garcia, National Campaigns Manager for Community Protection of United We Dream, said:
“The ending of the evil policy known as Title 42 is a welcomed victory fought for by the relentless organizing of immigrant communities. The power of our communities is undeniable and when we come together to fight for our humanity, we win! The Trump administration implemented the evil Title 42 as a way to push their racist, anti-immigrant agenda. Title 42 is an evil policy that should have never been implemented and which President Biden kept in place for two years as a way to deny asylum seekers their legal right to refuge. President Biden campaigned on the promise that he would protect the immigrant community, but after over 2 million expulsions and deportations under his belt, rescinding this callous anti-immigrant policy was long overdue.
We need the Biden administration to live up to its promise to create a more welcoming immigration system for all people by ending other relics of the Trump administration that they’ve refused to end, the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. Furthermore, it is imperative that the Biden administration not use this as an opportunity to dump more money into ICE and CBP or increase detention. Instead, President Biden must must shift towards truly helping our communities by investing in the resources that we truly need and deserve, including access to health care, equitable housing, education, permanent protections for undocumented folks, and so much more.”