A coalition of 14 legal clinics and immigrant and human rights groups on Thursday filed for emergency precautionary measures against the United States to an international human rights panel . The demand calls on the Biden administration to stop deporting migrants using a public health policy, Title 42, originally enacted by the Trump administration.
The Trump administration began to use Title 42 at the start of the pandemic, arguing that the rapid deportation of immigrants on return flights to their countries of origin would help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Although President Biden promised a more humane immigration system and ended the Trump-era practice of deporting unaccompanied children to Mexico, his administration continued to deport adults and families under of Title 42, insisting that this is a public health law – and not an immigration policy – despite growing pressure from immigrant advocates.
“These evictions are carried out under the guise of public health,” said Kennji Kizuka, associate director of Human Rights First.
Kizuka said the emergency request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was submitted on behalf of 31 asylum workers as well as on behalf of thousands of others who have been denied the right to request asylum at the border.
Nicole Ramos, director of the Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project, said that although this is a migrant’s legal right under US international and domestic law to seek asylum, “not one.” humanitarian parole applicant in the United States has not been approved. Despite migrants facing discrimination, abuse, and debilitating living conditions – such as lack of access to food and water – the United States continues to ignore or deny applicants’ right to seek protection. ‘asylum.
“Title 42 is not a public health policy; it is genocide, and it is happening on our behalf, ”Ramos said.
The coalition, made up of Al Otro Lado, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Human Rights First and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), told the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that these migrants have been deported to the dangerous conditions they fled in their country or to troubled border regions of Mexico where deported migrants are frequently the targets of rape, kidnappings and other violence.
“What it takes from the Inter-American Commission is to act and urge the United States to stop these dangers, to stop forcing people to return to life-threatening situations,” said James Cavallaro, professor at Yale Law School. “It’s a precautionary measure – it’s not a final resolution – and that’s why it’s something urgent, and it’s something that can be answered quickly in a way that could save lives and protect people from irreparable damage. “
Federal Government’s Use of Title 42 to Deport Migrant Families was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, but the policy remains in effect as the Biden administration defends it in court.
In September, the administration sent thousands of Haitian migrants on flights to their home country devastated by an earthquake and political unrest after an unprecedented migrant camp developed under the international bridge of Del Rio.