Updated: Sep 23
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2022
Contact: Sarai Herrera
Los Angeles, CA – Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) welcomes the news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided in part with the injunction against Title 42 in Huisha-Huisha v Mayorkas. Specifically, under this decision the Biden administration can no longer misuse the policy to expel migrant families to countries where they will be persecuted or tortured. From its inception Title 42 was inhumane and illegal and an overreach of the original intent as a health order. Rather than protect, it caused more harm to vulnerable asylum seekers and denied them their right to safety. ImmDef celebrates this win and calls on the Biden administration to act swiftly to restore asylum and reimagine our immigration system. This is a time to stand boldly in the face of policies rooted in anti-immigrant sentiment. We urge the administration to take note of the court’s decision that the continued use of Title 42 is terribly flawed and must end.
"The court's decision is a victory in recognizing the U.S. government should not expel human beings to danger. The Biden administration must not appeal this decision and keep its promise to restore asylum. The administration must end expelling asylum seekers to peril,” said Margaret Cargioli, Directing Attorney, Cross-Border Initiative Project.
Title 42 will remain in place until this order takes effect. Until then we urge President Biden to recommit to his promises of a “fair and humane” approach to immigration policy and end Title 42 once and for all.
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Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is a next-generation social justice law firm that defends our immigrant communities against injustices in the legal system. We envision a future where no immigrant will be forced to face an unjust immigration court alone. Our programs are a first step towards the long-term goal of providing universal representation to all immigrants facing deportation. ImmDef is now the largest non‐profit, pro bono provider of deportation defense in California with offices in Los Angeles, Adelanto, Riverside, Santa Ana, and San Diego.