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Vote NO on Bills to Extend Title 42 and Restore the U.S. to Regular Order
Multiple bills in Congress seek to indefinitely block asylum access and have lasting detrimental effects on the American asylum system. Sens. Lankford (R-OK) and Sinema (D-AZ) -- as well as House Members Reps. Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Golden (D-ME-2) and Rep. Newhouse (R-WA-4) --  are campaigning with House Republicans to forbid the government from terminating Title 42 until it ends other vital COVID-19 measures.  These bills seek to effectively shut down the asylum system by codifying Title 42 into U.S. law, endangering people seeking safety and fueling chaos at the border.

Title 42 relies on subverting U.S. law, which requires access to due process. Instead, this practice is used as a border enforcement tool – misrepresented as a health policy – and should not be used as a crutch in actually creating immigration policies that establish a humane and secure border. Nor should Title 42 be used to further xenophobic policies in the United States government. Indeed, Title 42 and the bills introduced to codify it politicize the COVID-19 emergency public health declaration, thereby jeopardizing public trust and making Americans less safe. Public health experts, including the CDC, confirm Title 42 has no credible basis in upholding the public health of individuals in the United States.

The usage of Title 42 in respect to asylum seekers is a direct violation of U.S. law. It separates families from one another, stains our country’s reputation, undermines our laws, and distorts regular order in the United States. Act to urge Congress to vote NO on efforts to extend it!

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