Statement by USCRI on the Injunction Against Application of Title 42 for Family Units

By USCRI September 17, 2021

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) celebrates the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, granting an injunction against the application of Title 42 to expel family units from the United States without a chance to seek asylum. The court in Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas found that Title 42 does not give the executive branch authority to expel persons from the country in the name of public health.

Despite this positive result, the fight to end Title 42 is not over. Not only does this ruling exclude single adults, but the Biden administration has already filed a notice that it will be appealing the order, preventing it from going into effect.  USCRI urges the Biden administration to refrain from interfering with the court’s ruling, and allow it to go into effect. The use of Title 42 has gone on too long, resulting in the deportation of innocent asylum seekers to danger and persecution. The administration must not continue to perpetuate a policy that denies asylum seekers their basic rights and violates international law by returning people to places where their lives and freedom are at risk. The Biden administration should end the use of Title 42 for all asylum seekers and restore the asylum system to uphold the rights of vulnerable people trying to seek safety at our borders.


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