Kino joins with a multitude of voices decrying the Biden Administration plan to drastically restrict asylum access and institute transit ban.
A number of voices across the political spectrum wholeheartedly condemned the Biden administration’s proposed plan to severely restrict access to asylum in the United States. In our recent joint statement, we implore the administration to reverse course and recommit to its campaign promises of rebuilding a safe and orderly asylum system. Any rule that blocks those seeking protection in the United States from doing so is illegal and immoral.
“Something is terribly wrong or broken when a country thinks it’s okay to imprison children and their families for desperately seeking refuge”, said Pedro de Velasco, Director of Education and Advocacy. Reinstating detention for families crossing to seek protection is cruel, heartless, and a step backwards in creating a more humane immigration system and restoring asylum, as President Biden promised during his campaign. It is not fair to punish families for the decisions they are forced to make due to lack of access at the port of entry other than CBP One app and all the challenges and inequities that the application entails.
Data from our 2022 Congressional Report was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star in particular the staggering fact that 75% of people arriving at Kino last year cited violence and persecution as their primary reason for migrating.