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Commentary: Title 42 has endangered thousands of migrants. The fight to end it will take all of us.

[Published by The San Diego Union Tribune]

The Biden administration must loudly defend the CDC’s decision to lift Title 42 in the court and the court of public opinion.

The American public supports fair and humane asylum policies, and it is long past time to restore asylum protections, as U.S. and international laws require.

For more than two years, Title 42, an obscure 1944 public health order invoked by the Trump administration at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, has closed our southern border and denied thousands of people their legal and human right to seek asylum. This is just one in Trump’s arsenal of anti-immigrant policies that included the Muslim travel ban, zero tolerance, family separation and the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as MPP or “Remain in Mexico.”


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