BY ZAIDA | May 20, 2022
Zaida spoke with the staff of the Kino Border Initiative on April 12, 2022, about the challenges of remaining at the U.S.-Mexico border awaiting an opportunity to request asylum. On April 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order terminating the use of “Title 42” of the U.S. Code to prohibit certain noncitizens from entering the United States, effective May 23, 2022. However, this order is facing challenges in federal court and legislative and administrative action to be delayed, potentially indefinitely.
Originally begun in 2020, in an alleged effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission, Title 42 has led to the expulsion of more than one million migrants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since its inception, including many asylum-seeking children and families. In implementing this policy, DHS has overridden normal immigration proceedings and skirted due process protections, forcibly returning vulnerable individuals to places where their lives are in danger.
“Let’s not view the migrant as a threat. Others are not a virus to protect ourselves from, but people to be welcomed.” -Pope Francis
Pope Francis recently reminded us that we should not view a migrant person as “a threat” and that others are “not a virus to protect ourselves from, but people to be welcomed.”