NILC Marks Expected End of Title 42 Amid New Asylum Restrictions

May 11, 2023

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NILC Marks Expected End of Title 42 Amid New Asylum Restrictions 

WASHINGTON — Kica Matos, incoming president of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement in response to the expected end of Title 42 expulsions, and the new restrictions on the legal ability to seek asylum in the United States:

“Today is an important day to reflect on the devastating harms Title 42 inflicted, and to mark its end. But – with reports that the Biden administration will be replacing it with additional restrictions on the right to seek asylum – it is not a day to celebrate. If the administration proceeds with its plan to restrict the legal right of people to seek safety in the United States, they will effectively be slamming the door shut on people fleeing danger and forcing families back into harm’s way. This action would not only violate our nation’s obligations under federal and international law, but also directly contradicts President Biden’s repeated promises to uphold and strengthen asylum rights.

“Rather than doubling down on cruel and unnecessary Trump-era policies at the border, the Biden administration must instead embrace the fundamental values we cherish as Americans and restore access to asylum for everyone who comes to the U.S. seeking freedom and safety. This means investing in the infrastructure to process asylum claims and surging resources to organizations on the ground who have a wealth of experience in welcoming people to this country. America for generations has been a refuge for those fleeing danger and persecution, and we are at our best when we welcome people who are in need of protection.”