End Title 42
We signed on to a letter with Human Rights First that urges the Biden Administration to follow through on their promise to restore asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and terminate Title 42, which uses the pandemic as a pretext to deny asylum seekers due process.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Investigates Border Patrol
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas’ brutal killing at the hands of Border Patrol Agents in 2010 will be reviewed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which specializes in investigating extrajudicial killings–state violence, massacres, forced disappearances. In its 61 year existence, this is the first time the Commission has investigated the U.S., marking a significant moment and potentially significant impact in the conversation of responsible policing and use of force, especially on immigrant communities.
The U.S. Ends Safe Third Country Agreements
The U.S. ended safe third country agreements with Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, a significant step to honoring the safety and security of migrants fleeing violence whose journey’s take them through those countries.
KBI Invites Secretary Mayorkas to Meet with Migrants
On February 10th, KBI called on Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas to meet with migrants who have been mistreated by U.S. Customs & Border Protections. Since 2017 and throughout the first weeks of the Biden Presidency, we have submitted to the Department of Homeland Security 73 complaints of migrants who have been mistreated by CBP. The DHS has only given definitive results for 14 of those complaints. While our complaints are rooted in the application of immigration law and policy, our concern runs deeper than implementation because the policies themselves are inhumane and have essentially choked off asylum and due process at the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Biden Begins Processing Asylum Seekers with Active MPP Cases
President Biden announced that approximately 25,000 asylum seekers with active MPP cases will be processed at three ports of entry along the US-Mexico border. While a significant advancement to restoring the asylum system, processing was not announced at any Arizona ports of entry nor for asylum seekers without active MPP cases.
Asylum Seekers in Nogales Yet to Be Processed
As the first migrants who had been waiting in Mexico under MPP are processed at Texas and California ports of entry under Phase 1 of the Biden Administration’s plan to roll back dehumanizing Trump-era policies, migrants with MPP who were returned to Nogales still have not received any indication of when and how they will be processed and allowed to await their asylum hearings in the U.S.