Tell United States Congress to End Discriminatory Immigration Practices of Title 42
The Biden Administration and The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced they would stop the implementation of the order known as Title 42 on May 23, 2022. Carried out by the Trump Administration, the order attempted to carry out mass expulsions by deeming those seeking asylum as a risk to public health. Title 42 also gave border patrol agents license to expel individuals seeking safety and security. Expulsions were implemented highly disproportionately to block migrants from black and brown countries from entering the U.S.
Congress is now seeking to pass a legislation, Senate Bill 4036, that would make Title 42 law. Research and studies have shown that despite the messaging of public safety and health, the implementation of Title 42 does not stop the spread of COVID-19 or place the public in significant danger of contracting the virus.
The Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42 is a key step toward restoring the rights for immigrants to seek asylum at our borders. However, much more must be done to address the root cause of forced migration as well as ensuring cooperation across origin and transit countries.
As United Methodists, we affirm the worth, dignity, and inherent value and rights of all persons regardless of their nationality or legal status. “Welcoming the migrant is not only an act of mission; it is an opportunity to receive God’s grace.” (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3281)
The General Board of Church and Society along with its partners is urging that you contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to vote against any attempt at making Title 42 law, especially in the form of Senate Bill 4036.
Together, we can help shape the U.S. immigration agenda in Congress so that it reflects our shared vision of justice and “welcoming the foreigner in our land” (Leviticus 19: 33-34)
Urge Congress to Act Now to Address the Immigration Crisis!