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Biden’s Border Travesty

Two years into its term, the US administration has failed to deliver on its promise of humane immigration reform. Instead, the White House continues to expel migrants, maintaining and even expanding the use of Donald Trump’s Title 42 policy to strip those who arrive at the border of their right to seek asylum.

CHICAGO – On the eve of US President Joe Biden’s inauguration, immigration advocates were optimistic that the incoming administration would end Title 42, a once-obscure rule that during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed border agents to reject migrants who might otherwise have qualified for asylum. While researching my forthcoming book, Precarious Protections, I interviewed lawyers working with unaccompanied immigrant children in Los Angeles who were confident that the new administration would restore the right to seek asylum in the United States. But that is not what happened.