URGENT TAKE ACTION: Tell President Biden and Congress to Halt Inhumane Expulsions and Anti-Asylum Policies at the Border

April 8, 2022

At this moment, the inhumane and immoral Title 42 policy, a Trump era policy which produced a humanitarian disaster that blocks and expels individuals seeking refuge at the U.S. southern border, remains in place. This policy has wrongfully expelled over 1.8 million people to danger without due process or the opportunity to seek asylum, forcing people back to danger in Mexico or the harm they fled. It has proven to be a discriminatory policy, particularly targeting Haitians and other Black migrants seeking safety. Since January 2021, more than 20,000 Haitian migrants have been deported to the Caribbean.

On May 20th, 2022, a federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction that blocked the Biden administration’s plan to terminate Title 42 expulsions by May 23rd in Arizona v. CDC. At the same time, anti-asylum measures have been introduced in an attempt to keep Title 42 in place, including the Public Health and Border Security Act of 2022. This bill would make it difficult or impossible to rescind Title 42 and would force the CDC and DHS to keep border expulsions in place – contradicting the CDC’s scientific analysis which found that the expulsion policy is not necessary to protect public health. Seeking asylum is protected right under our laws, and international law – but we’re seeing at this moment an inhumane and extremely harmful political game with people’s lives seeking safety. 

Your voice matters. It is vital that we speak out against this anti-asylum policy and urge the administration to welcome people with dignity by immediately ending the use of the unlawful and immoral Title 42 policy and fully restore asylum protections.

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Sample Email/Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a faith leader/refugee leader] I am deeply disturbed to see people seeking asylum still being turned away and expelled under the misuse of the immoral and unlawful Title 42 policy. Under the policy, thousands of Haitian and other asylum seeking families and adults have been expelled to the very danger they fled.

I am also deeply concerned to see new proposals attempting to keep the immoral policy in place, including the Public Health and Border Security Act of 2022. The Title 42 policy has been misused under the false pretense of public health to expel over 1.8 million vulnerable individuals seeking refuge at the U.S. southern border back to the very danger they fled without due process. This bill would make it difficult to rescind this policy and would put Ukrainians, Afghans, Venezuelans, Cubans and others seeking protection at risk with the potential of being forcibly removed from the U.S. without access to protection and flown back to dangerous conditions. This legislation also politicizes COVID-related emergency public health designations, putting health-related programs and funding in jeopardy as they would then be tied to immigration policy.

Public health experts, including senior CDC officials, have consistently stated that this policy does not protect public health. Moreover, public health officials have outlined the severe physical and mental health consequences for asylum seekers expelled under the Title 42 policy. The United States has the ability to protect public health and safeguard the lives of children, families, and adults seeking asylum and other humanitarian protection – just like we have for non-asylum seekers during the pandemic.

I urge you to oppose this dangerous bill and any anti-asylum measures that would keep the inhumane Title 42 policy in place. I also urge you to tell the Biden administration to ensure the safety and dignity of migrants, and halt all expulsions of asylum seekers to danger, working in close coordination with groups and communities who stand ready to welcome them.”

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