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97 Binational Orgs Send Biden-Harris Administration a Letter Urging Reforms to Asylum System



Today, we along with 97 organizations along the US and Mexico border sent a letter to the Biden-Harris administration urging them to restore our asylum system to one that treats migrants with humanity and respect.

At this critical juncture, we cannot simply roll back the unjust policies of the Trump administration, but must repair the harm inflicted upon people seeking asylum, design humane policies and build the social infrastructure necessary to truly welcome those who seek refuge from persecution, with dignity -- not cruelty.

The time for change is now. We cannot wait any longer while those who fled persecution face constant violence, danger and fear. Read our letter: bit.ly/BorderAsylumLetter


#AsylumReformNOW #WelcomeWithDignity #DefendAsylum





Spanish:

Hoy, junto con 97 organizaciones a lo largo de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México, enviamos una carta a la Administración Biden-Harris instándoles a restaurar nuestro sistema de asilo a uno que trate a los migrantes con humanidad y respeto.

En esta coyuntura crítica, no es suficiente simplemente hacer retroceder las políticas injustas de la administración Trump, sino que debemos reparar el daño infligido a las personas que buscan asilo, diseñar políticas humanas y construir la infraestructura social necesaria para realmente dar la bienvenida a quienes buscan refugio de la persecución, con dignidad. - no crueldad.

El tiempo de cambiar es ahora. No podemos esperar más mientras quienes huyeron de la persecución se enfrentan a la violencia, el peligro y el miedo constantes. Lea nuestra carta: http://bit.ly/CartaSobreAsilo

#ReformaDeAsiloYA #BienvenidosConDignidad #DefenderAsilo


Media advisory

Binational Group of 97 Organizations Sends Biden-Harris Administration a Letter Urging Reforms to Asylum System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Alex Mensing, Innovation Law Lab, (619) 432-6378, alexm@innovationlawlab.org

Renee Garcia, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, (213) 634-7615, rgarcia@immdef.org

SAN DIEGO – Today, a binational group of 97 organizations released a letter urging the President Joe Biden administration to improve the nation’s asylum system and eliminate policies implemented by the previous administration aimed at preventing people from seeking asylum in the United States.

The letter demands that the Biden-Harris administration end policies such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), asylum metering, Title 42 expulsions and the so-called Safe Third Country agreements. All of these policies deny people the right to seek asylum safely within the United States.

Many of the organizations that signed the letter work bi-nationally along the California and Mexico border to provide humanitarian, legal, health, housing and other assistance to people seeking asylum, including thousands who have been forced to remain in Mexico under the Trump administration’s cruel and illegal policies.

Among other changes, the letter demands that the Biden-Harris administration:

  • Guarantee that people seeking asylum who are trapped in Mexico will not be detained in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody when they enter the U.S., nor will they be subjected to GPS ankle monitoring;

  • Establish a clear protocol and communication line for attorneys on to coordinate with ICE and CBP on specific cases and issues with processing, and provide contact information for cases that need to be escalated directly to administration officials; and

  • Immediately begin identifying and processing into the United States the most vulnerable people seeking asylum. This process should not unnecessarily delay or be used to halt the processing of other MPP respondents and people seeking asylum.

A copy of the letter including a full list of demands is available in English and Spanish

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