Authors: Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Lauri Alvarez
We’ve been feeling hopeful about this new administration’s commitment to immigrants and asylum seekers. And the truth is that there have been steps forward with the policy forcing migrants to remain in Mexico on its way to being terminated—and the new major immigration bill!
But the reality is that our asylum system is still not fully restored. And it won’t be until expulsions stop from our border. Migrants and asylum seekers are still being flown to danger through deportations and expulsions without due process under the Title 42 order, the policy that the Trump Administration implemented which weaponized the pandemic to shut the border to all asylum seekers.
Over 600 Haitian families, men, women, and children, were returned to Haiti this month alone. This is not acceptable. President Biden can and should end expulsions and deportations to countries that are still reeling from the pandemic, the impact of hurricanes, and political turmoil. We’ve been sounding the alarm, with you, about the harm the Title 42 expulsions inflict on migrants in our petition to President Biden. But unfortunately they are still happening. Lives are at stake. It’s time to put an end to this cruelty. We know this is wrong and members of Congress are finally speaking up.
What’s Going On?
Representative Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Thompson (D-MS), are circulating a Dear Colleague letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas calling on him to end Title 42 expulsions and deportations once and for all and ensure humanitarian protections to those subject to deportations.
What You Can Do
The letter closes today so contact your representative and get them to sign onto the letter NOW! Find them here! Rep. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Escobar (D-TX), Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Lee (D-CA), Rep. Pressley (D-MA), Rep. McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Carson (D-IN), Rep. Jones (D-OH), Rep. Evans (D-PA). Rep. Barragán (D-CA) , Rep. Norton (D- DC), Rep. Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Rush (D-IL), Rep. Chu (D-CA), Rep. Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Meng (D-NY), Rep. Omar (D-MN), Rep. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Beatty (D-OH) have already signed on. If you don’t see your member listed, then get their phones ringing off the hook to sign on!
- I urge Representative _____ to sign Rep. Wilson’s Dear Colleague letter on ending deportations and Title 42 expulsions. It is inhumane and deadly to return asylum seekers to countries still reeling from the pandemic and hurricanes. Women and children fleeing violence and persecution and should be supported–not expelled to danger. We must protect migrants and those seeking asylum.
It’s up to us to pressure our government through every avenue that we can. Asylum seekers have been waiting long enough and their lives are in more danger with every day that passes. We will make our message heard loud and clear—we need a humane asylum system and we need it now.