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For Immediate Release

Contact: Sid Earnheart | sid@jfondfw.org |817.310.3820

Earlier today, the Biden Administration announced that it will no longer use Title 42 to expel asylum seekers and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, beginning May 23. Title 42 is an ambiguous provision of public health law that was initially implemented by the Trump Administration in March 2020, and it was used to permit U.S. border officials to expel asylum seekers and migrants to Mexico, or their home countries, without due process. The implementation of Title 42 by both Administrations resulted in the rights of asylum seekers being violated through inhumane and illegal treatment.

Elisa O’Callaghan, Chair of the Board of Justice For Our Neighbors – North Central Texas, said “We applaud CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for putting an end to Title 42. However, we must continue to advocate for the government to end its implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols which continue to place asylum seekers in dangerous conditions while waiting in Mexico. We hope that putting an end to Title 42 is the first step towards creating a humane asylum process.”

 Over the last two years, Justice For Our Neighbors – North Central Texas has advocated and prayed for both Administrations to end the implementation of Title 42. We are grateful that our prayers have been answered, but our advocacy work towards creating a humane asylum process continues as we seek to end the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols.