Action Center: Support Children and Families Seeking Refuge!

Urge the Biden Administration to End Title 42

One year ago the Trump administration shuttered the border to asylum seekers, weaponizing Title 42 public health authority to expel people seeking protection to danger. Under Title 42, border agents are authorized to rapidly expel asylum seekers to their home countries – or to precarious conditions in Mexico – with no process whatsoever.

The policy has effectively closed the border to people seeking asylum, prompting advocates to dub Title 42 Trump’s “invisible wall.” Though on the campaign trail President Biden pledged to fully restore access to asylum, his administration has retained Title 42, authorizing 75,000 expulsions in February 2021 alone. Haitians and other Black asylum seekers have borne the brunt of this cruelty. In the past eight weeks upwards of 1,400 Haitians have been expelled under Title 42, including families, pregnant women, and infants as young as one month old.

While Title 42 has been touted by both the Trump and Biden administrations as a necessary pandemic restriction, the policy was conceived by former Trump advisor and unabashed white nationalist Stephen Miller. It was introduced over objections from top doctors within the CDC itself, and from medical experts across the country who see Title 42 for what is: xenophobia masquerading as a public health measure.

Call on the Biden administration to end the inhumanity of Title 42 by adding your name to this petition from the Latin America Working Group!

Volunteer or Donate to Support Organizations at the Border

Many border organizations providing critical humanitarian services to asylum seekers are currently requesting volunteer support, or material or financial donations. Listed below are several organizations requesting support at this time. Some have offered wish lists outlining basic donations needed to support arriving children and families, such as food, clothing, and toiletries.

Donate Your Frequent Flyer Miles 

Miles 4 Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster start a new beginning in a new home. The organization partners with other nonprofits to identify refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, and their immediate family members who have legal approval to travel, but cannot afford airfare. Click here to learn how you can donate your miles and help reunite refugee families!

Support VECINA’s Family Reunification Project

VECINA recently launched a project to help reunify family members and sponsors with children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). If you are an attorney, or can provide administrative or interpretation support, you can volunteer to work with a family member or sponsor. Attorneys will help families gather documents and complete paperwork, screen for legal violations, and communicate with case workers as needed. Learn more here!