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Get Active: Congress Can Save Asylum
Congress is considering legislation that would end asylum as we know it. They need to hear from us that this is unacceptable!
In early April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally announced the termination of the Title 42 order, effective May 23, 2022. Yet far-right state governments intervened in court to circumvent the judgment of our public health officials. Their legal challenge put the CDC’s decision on hold, and now members of Congress are contemplating legislation to make Title 42 all-but-permanent—despite the harm the policy has already inflicted on thousands of asylum-seekers.
Even worse, these politicians have tried to force Congress to back this bill by tying it to urgently-needed pandemic relief. This is political hostage-taking at its worst: threatening to block life-saving funds for testing, therapeutics, and vaccine doses unless other politicians agree to effectively shut down the asylum system—indefinitely.
Public health should never be put in competition with asylum rights. Both are inextricably linked to each other, because both are essential to protecting people’s rights and safety during a global crisis. Congress should not force the administration to betray either goal.
Right now it’s vital that we let Senate and House members know that we reject anti-asylum amendments and legislation that would codify Title 42 into law.
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