Refugees Int’l Urges Biden To Do More To Restore, Reform United States Asylum System

LAGOS JUNE 3RD (NEWSRANGERS)- Refugees International has advised that  Joe Biden administration has much more to do to restore and reform the United States asylum system and to welcome asylum seekers with humanity and dignity, stressing that  where it falls short, Congress must step in.

A statement  signed by Sarah Sheffer, Director of Communications of Refugees International made available to NewsRangers, the organization  recalled that over the past few days, the Biden administration has announced new policies related to asylum at the border: a dedicated immigration court docket to expedite cases of families who enter at the border, and the end of the Remain in Mexico policy, which sent asylum seekers back to Mexico only to wait in danger and deprivation for their hearings in the United States. 

Sheffer argued that  these developments mean little for people seeking protection, adding that  thousands subjected to Remain in Mexico still need a means to pursue their asylum cases in the United States.

“With the exception of a small number of exemptions, U.S. ports of entry remain closed to asylum seekers. People seeking safety at the border continue to be expelled to Mexico under supposed public health “Title 42” authority. Restrictions on eligibility for asylum, especially for those fleeing domestic violence or violence targeting family members, remain in place. And legal counsel for asylum seekers is lacking, while the immigration courts are still run by rules and judges of the previous administration. 

“Yesterday was the deadline for the Biden administration’s review of the use of expedited removal, which the president called for in a February 2 executive order. Since then, its use has grown, and with it the deprivation of due process and the increased inhumane detention of asylum seekers in ICE facilities,” the statement read.

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