New York, NY—Today, U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays issued an injunction on the elimination of the Trump-era Title 42 policy, which will continue to deny people their right to claim asylum under the guise of public health concerns. The New York Immigration Coalition demands the immediate termination of Title 42 and expanded protections for migrants and asylum seekers.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Title 42 has always been a blatantly racist and discriminatory attempt at keeping those fleeing violence, poverty and the impact of climate change from seeking refuge in America. To date, for more than two years, Title 42 has enabled immigration agents to expel asylum seekers nearly 2 million times, without ever hearing their claims, often returning them to places where they face persecution and other serious abuses. We are devastated by the court’s decision and demand that Title 42 must be immediately terminated, and the Biden administration must expand protections for migrants and asylum seekers, so that all people are given the safety and dignity they deserve. The United States must restore its status as a beacon of hope and sanctuary for the world, and openly welcome migrants and asylum seekers at its doors.”