Washington, D.C. – Marking the Biden administration’s first full year in office, President Biden has failed on nearly every front to deliver on his promises to protect immigrant communities. Instead, he has built upon an immoral and inhumane immigration system that will forever be a part of his legacy. To date, over 1.8 million individuals have been deported or expelled since President Biden took office, as estimated by United We Dream’s updated “Biden Deportation Tracker.”
Cynthia Garcia, National Campaign Manager for Community Protection of United We Dream, said:
“A year into his administration, President Biden has done exactly the opposite of what he set out to do, which is to reject the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies. Instead, he has chosen to perpetuate and even expand upon the violence committed under the previous administration.
Since President Biden took office, over 1.8 million people have been deported or expelled. Thousands more languish in detention centers where COVID cases have spiked over 500 percent, and millions remain vulnerable to deportation without a pathway to citizenship. All the while, the Biden administration was in the courts yesterday defending its use of Title 42. President Biden continues to knowingly and willfully keep the lives of millions of immigrants and Black and brown people on the line. He cannot wash his hands clean of these injustices. He is responsible for every detention, every deportation, every family separation that has happened since he stepped foot in office.
In moments like these, we must continue to leverage the power we have built as organizers and understand that we are the leaders that will hold our elected officials accountable no matter what. Far too often our government has fallen short of its promises. It is exactly for this reason that we turn to the power of our collective, progressive movements. Whether we are fighting for immigrant justice and citizenship, housing rights, climate justice, or voting rights, we are ultimately fighting for our futures; futures that are inherently intertwined. As we enter the second year of the Biden administration, it is our collective power that will continue moving the needle forward on our demands.”