Title 42 to stay in place; NM Immigrant Law Center upset with the decision

Betty Q. Hixson

Title 42 is staying in place despite the Biden administration’s attempt to roll back the health order put in place in March 2020. A Louisiana judge ruled asylum seekers at the border will stay at the border.There’s been a lot of back and forth on whether or not Title 42 should be lifted but community organizations say they are not surprised by the ruling today.The New Mexico Immigration Law Center has seen the impact Title 42 can have on migrants. Sophia Genovese is an attorney that works directly with asylum seekers. “We have heard and it’s all documented that people are being murdered people are being kidnapped and people are being violated. And assaulted in Mexico,” Genovese said.She says because of Title 42 some people are not even trying to access asylum because they know they won’t be allowed.“It’s almost encouraging folks to not go through ports of entry and to enter through the river or the desert which is incredibly dangerous,” she said. Before Title 42, in 2018 there was another asylum protocol called Migrant Protection Protocols known as MPP. It was put in place to alleviate overcrowding at the border. “Thousands upon thousands of people were forced to live in Mexico, some in shelters, some homeless, some in camps and returned to the United States for each of their hearings,” Genovese said.Even before the ruling that Title 42 must stay in place, attorneys at the NMILC were upset at the pushback. Genovese said, “Angry that folks are not able to access the asylum process. We’re here to serve people as they seek asylum and protection. They left their home countries for a very good reason. And we’re trying to help them along the process.” Although Title 42 is staying in place the Department of Homeland Security does have a plan for the potential lift of Title 42It includes vaccinating migrants, transporting them to different locations and sharing information between agencies.

Title 42 is staying in place despite the Biden administration’s attempt to roll back the health order put in place in March 2020.

A Louisiana judge ruled asylum seekers at the border will stay at the border.

There’s been a lot of back and forth on whether or not Title 42 should be lifted but community organizations say they are not surprised by the ruling today.

The New Mexico Immigration Law Center has seen the impact Title 42 can have on migrants.

Sophia Genovese is an attorney that works directly with asylum seekers.

“We have heard and it’s all documented that people are being murdered people are being kidnapped and people are being violated. And assaulted in Mexico,” Genovese said.

She says because of Title 42 some people are not even trying to access asylum because they know they won’t be allowed.

“It’s almost encouraging folks to not go through ports of entry and to enter through the river or the desert which is incredibly dangerous,” she said.

Before Title 42, in 2018 there was another asylum protocol called Migrant Protection Protocols known as MPP. It was put in place to alleviate overcrowding at the border.

“Thousands upon thousands of people were forced to live in Mexico, some in shelters, some homeless, some in camps and returned to the United States for each of their hearings,” Genovese said.

Even before the ruling that Title 42 must stay in place, attorneys at the NMILC were upset at the pushback.

Genovese said, “Angry that folks are not able to access the asylum process. We’re here to serve people as they seek asylum and protection. They left their home countries for a very good reason. And we’re trying to help them along the process.”

Although Title 42 is staying in place the Department of Homeland Security does have a plan for the potential lift of Title 42

It includes vaccinating migrants, transporting them to different locations and sharing information between agencies.

https://www.koat.com/article/title-42-stays-in-place/40063974

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