Mexico City, Mexico, October 18, 2021 – As the current US administration continues to deny vulnerable people the right to seek asylum using Title 42, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) confirms its refusal to participate in any future exemption process.
Meghan Lopez, Regional Vice President for Latin America at IRC, said:
“Earlier this year, the IRC embarked on a temporary joint effort to support asylum seekers with serious and urgent humanitarian needs who were stranded at the US-Mexico border under Title 42. We agreed to participate on a fixed-term basis to remove barriers and help as many people as possible access their right to seek international protection, in the hope that the current administration would end the policy soon after – months later, that still hasn’t happened.
“With Title 42 still in place, those waiting at the border are in immediate danger, similar to the conditions in which they fled. As the security situation in Mexico continues to deteriorate, the number of Mexican nationals forced to move within the country is also increasing.
“The IRC has announced that it will end its participation in the exemption process by the end of July, as the process and Title 42 are unsustainable measures. We do not intend to resume participation now or in the future.
We are deeply concerned that Title 42 violates U.S. refugee and anti-trafficking laws and international treaty obligations by deporting children, families and adult asylum seekers from persecution, torture and other serious dangers. The International Rescue Committee renews its call for the United States to end the use of Title 42 to prevent asylum seekers from seeking safety in and out of harm’s way. outside the US borders. At the same time, the IRC encourages the governments of the United States and Mexico to increase their support for protection systems along migratory routes to ensure the safety of those seeking it, regardless of their nationality, including Haitians, Central Americans and Mexicans, as well as all other nationalities.
The IRC has released a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the root causes of the migration crisis in northern Central America and rebuild the U.S. protective infrastructure in a way that ensures the dignity, security and recognition of rights for all.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, security, education, economic well-being and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, IRC works in more than 40 countries and more than 20 American cities to help people survive, take back control of their future and strengthen their communities. . Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow IRC at Twitter & Facebook.