The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States
Dear President Biden,
Following the tragic deaths of 53 migrants in San Antonio, Texas on June 27, we, the undersigned, urge you to immediately revoke the inhumane and unlawful Title 42 policy put in place by the Trump administration two years ago.
The closure of the border is forcing individuals and families fleeing violence, environmental disaster, and poverty to take higher risks to reach U.S. soil, pushing them into the hands of "coyotes" and predatory human smugglers.
Instead of blocking people seeking humanitarian protection, the U.S. government should employ measures recommended by public health experts and UNHCR – such as distancing and masks, health screenings, testing, and use of non-congregate settings – to quickly process and parole asylum seekers, pending the completion of their immigration proceedings.
We respectfully request that your administration take urgent action to end Title 42 border closure and expedite the entrance and processing of those who seek asylum.