FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Norcross, GA) – President Biden announced a new border strategy today expanding Title 42- the Trump-era public health rule used to turn away asylum seekers. Under the new policy, migrants are prohibited from applying for asylum in the U.S. unless they were first turned away for safe harbor by another country, and it also deems migrants who enter the country unlawfully ineligible for the new parole program. The policy creates a new legal pathway for up to 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua to enter the U.S. each month. Migrants eligible for the program will be allowed to live and work in the U.S. for two years. “Do not just show up at the border. Stay where you are and apply legally from there,” President Biden said. “Starting today, if you don’t apply through the legal process you will not be eligible for this new parole program.”
“Access to asylum in the United States is a legal right. Unfortunately, people fleeing persecution are now at an increased risk of immediate expulsion back to their home countries where they are often subjected to inhumane conditions. Today’s announcement will continue to disproportionately harm Black and Brown communities seeking asylum. The Biden Administration must reverse these policies and reinstate the right to asylum for everyone fleeing persecution and seeking safety in this country,” said David Garcia, Policy and Advocacy Director of the GALEO Impact Fund.