As it stands now, the antiquated law known as Title 42, which has kept thousands from pursuing their credible claims of asylum, is set to end on Wednesday, December 21. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) urges the Biden Administration to dissolve Title 42 in a timely, safe manner and restore access to asylum across the southern border. The U.S. must prevent the future use of Title 42 or similar policies that attempt to externalize migration and place restrictions on who may seek protection on discriminatory grounds such as nationality, means of entry, or financial means.
“We see the suffering caused by these policies every day as we provide emergency support, legal orientations, and mental health services for those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes and have arrived at the southern U.S. border seeking safety,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director of JRS/USA. “Our country must once again provide the opportunity for a safe haven for families fleeing violence and persecution.”
Consultation and coordination between the U.S. Government and organizations on the frontlines will be instrumental in ensuring that anyone who expresses fear of returning to their home country be allowed to seek protection through a fair and efficient process in the United States.
“Congress must provide sufficient funding and resources for local organizations supporting those arriving at the border,” said Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA’s Director of Advocacy. “The basic rights of migrants must be respected, including keeping family units together, limiting the use of detention, and allowing for timely processing without an over-reliance on expedited removals.”
JRS/USA has also urged the U.S. government to address long-term issues that continue to impact the southern border and need to be addressed. Notable among them are the prevention of human trafficking and protection from exploitation of vulnerable migrants.
Update 12/21/22: Following the Supreme Court Decision on Monday, December 19th, an updated statement from JRS/USA Executive Director, Joan Rosenhauer:
“JRS/USA is disappointed that Title 42 remains in place and looks forward to the day where this antiquated law is no longer impacting those who are seeking safety. We need a new fresh approach to our asylum system that grants those with credible fears the ability to come to the United States to pursue a new life. We will continue to help those who are in need and continue to advocate on behalf of those we serve who have been forcibly displaced and are seeking safety.”