Title 42 Must End, NYIC Praises Justice for Asylum Seekers

New York, NY—Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal for a stay over Title 42, which is currently slated to end on December 21. The New York Immigration Coalition praises the rejection of this appeal, which would have recklessly endangered the lives of asylum seekers, while demanding the expansion of additional protections for asylum seekers.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Today’s decision to deny a stay over Title 42 is justice, however delayed, for the thousands of people seeking basic freedom and safety in our country. The United States has always claimed to be a beacon of opportunity for people across the world, and conservative attempts to uphold Title 42 have run counter to that vision of hope and our humanitarian obligations. The usage of Title 42 at the southern border has always been a dangerously discriminatory anti-immigrant policy masquerading as a public health measure. Today’s court decision to allow the end of Title 42 in the coming days will end the reckless endangerment of people’s lives as they seek to build better futures for themselves and their families in our country. Yet, this is only a first step—the Biden administration must step up and lead in this moment as well as renew their commitment to refugees and immigrants by expanding protections for asylum seekers to ensure their ability to acquire the safety and refuge they deserve.”