New York, NY—Today, President Biden ended the Trump-era Title 42 policy, which denied people their right to claim asylum under the guise of public health concerns. The termination of Title 42 will go into effect on May 23, 2022. The New York Immigration Coalition proudly applauds this decision, while demanding the Biden administration expedite the effective termination date of Title 42 and continue to expand protections for migrants and asylum seekers.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
"America's immigration system has been broken for far too long, which is why the Biden administration's long-overdue decision to end Title 42 is an encouraging first step on the road to creating a much more humane asylum system. However, the termination of the policy does not come soon enough for the thousands of asylum seekers who were expelled under Title 42 and remain in harm’s way. The Biden administration must immediately expedite the effective termination date of Title 42, ensure the safety and dignity of migrants, and halt all expulsions of asylum seekers into danger, working in close coordination with the many groups and communities who stand ready to welcome them. It's time that America uphold its international obligations to welcome those fleeing from violence, poverty and destruction and provide them with the safe harbor they deserve."