I applaud your administration's decision to end Title 42 and restore access to asylum for people presenting themselves at our borders, and I call on you to stand by this decision and lead your administration towards building an immigration system that is welcoming, fair, humane, and orderly. This should not be a hard decision; the Title 42 order is supposed to be a public health measure, and there is zero public health rationale for restricting asylum, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have properly determined.
All people deserve the opportunity to live free from violence and persecution and with their families. The American public watched in horror as the Trump administration separated children, including babies and toddlers, from their families, causing lifelong trauma to people who were fleeing violence. In response, you made a campaign promise to restore the asylum system and undo the cruel policies of the Trump era. Title 42 is a Trump-era relic that perpetuates family separation and prevents people from accessing our asylum system.
Leadership requires courage and commitment. At this critical moment, your administration needs to clearly articulate and defend its plan to end Title 42 and restore asylum. Your administration must oppose any legislative efforts that tie the hands of your administration and keep Title 42 in place indefinitely, including legislation such as S. 4036/H.R. 7458, the Public Health and Border Security Act, which takes the decision-making authority away from the scientists and public health experts at CDC and politicizes pandemic relief.
Your administration must stand with voters who elected you into office by fulfilling your commitment to protect immigrants, restore the asylum system, and end family separation. I know that your administration has a plan, the capacity, and resources to manage migration, keep families together, and ensure a just and orderly process at the border. I implore you to stand firm in your decision to end Title 42 and communicate your plan to American voters. Thanks.
▶ First sent on April 25, 2022 by Jess Craven