Press Releases and Statements

    Title 42 Ruled Illegal by Federal Court

    New York, NY (November 18, 2022)—This week, a federal district court struck down the the US government’s Title 42 exclusion policy, ruling it unlawful and without public health justification. Title 42 has been used since March 2020 to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the southern border to grave danger, including LGBTQ refugees, under the pretext of public health.

    Immigration Equality Denounces Fifth Circuit Court Ruling Against DACA

    New York, NY (October 7th, 2022)— On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy finding it unlawful and sending it back to the lower court to decide the legality of the Biden Administration’s new DACA regulation, which is set to go into effect later this month.

    100+ LGBTQ Asylees Call on Senators to Reject Anti-Asylum Amendments to Inflation Reduction Act of 2022  

    New York, NY (August 4, 2022)—More than 100 LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylees sent a letter to U.S. senators today urging them to reject any amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act that extend the use of Title 42 to expel and block asylum seekers. Citing their own experiences fleeing persecution, they call on Congress to uphold its legal and moral obligation to protect other individuals who cannot return to their countries of origin for fear of violence and death.

    Immigration Equality Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Biden Administration to End Remain in Mexico

    New York, NY (July 1, 2022) — Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Biden v. Texas that the Biden administration has the authority to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, more familiarly known as “Remain in Mexico.” Since 2019, the policy has required asylum seekers, including LGBTQ people fleeing persecution, to wait in Mexico until their hearing date, subjecting them to life-threatening conditions for months or years.  

    Ending Expulsions Under Title 42 Is an Absolute Necessity

    New York, NY (April 7, 2022) – “Republican Senators who are holding up urgent lifesaving programs that actually fight COVID in a misguided ploy to force the Biden administration to reinstitute Title 42 are playing a dangerous game.”—Aaron C. Morris, Immigration Equality’s Executive Director

    Immigration Equality Denounces Trump Administration’s Proposal to End Asylum

    Statement from Bridget Crawford, Immigration Equality’s Legal Director: “We have never faced a threat to asylum like the one before us right now. The proposed rules are so draconian that almost no one would be deemed eligible for asylum—no matter how strong their claim, or how compelling their story…

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