Here in the United States, dozens of Democratic congressmembers are urging President Biden to reverse the expansion of Title 42, a Trump-era pandemic policy that’s been used to block over 2 million migrants from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a letter to Biden, the 77 House and Senate Democrats also denounced the administration’s proposal to enact a new rule that would allow immigration officials to deny asylum claims of people who don’t first seek refuge in a country they pass through on their way to the U.S. southern border. Earlier this month, the Biden administration expanded Title 42 to begin expelling Haitian, Nicaraguan and Cuban asylum seekers. Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Biden at a news conference Thursday.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We have sought and aspired to be an example to uphold international law. Instead, this administration is making it effectively impossible to seek refuge at our border. The courts rightly rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to categorically end asylum. President Biden should listen to the courts and human rights activists and reverse course.”