Dear Member of Congress:
We all want to be able to move past the collective trauma we have experienced over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am writing to urge you to pass the COVID-19 relief package that would provide $10 billion in funding for vaccines, boosters, therapeutics, and tests WITHOUT any provision that would continue Title 42.
Tying sound public health policy to scientifically and morally indefensible immigration policy would be a huge mistake. Families around the country are already feeling the lack of COVID-19 funding with testing centers shutting down and uninsured Americans losing access to free vaccines and treatment for COVID-19. Any delay in funding for measures known to combat the spread of this virus is unconscionable. The vaccines, boosters, tests, and therapeutics this funding will provide will help us keep schools open and the economy going, and help more families stay safe and healthy.
In addition, Title 42 is a violation of national and international law, and flies in the face of science. It should never have been used to deny asylum-seekers the chance to seek safety in our country. Continuing its misuse would force asylum seekers who are fleeing violence, persecution and war to face family separation or to return to the dangerous conditions that forced them to come here, without even having their asylum claims considered. That would be cruel and indefensible, especially when we now have the tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As people around the world watch the generosity with which Ukrainian refugees are being welcomed by European neighboring countries, our cruel Title 42 policy which violates national and international law, provides a stark and shocking contrast. America’s families want lawmakers to create a just and fair process for considering asylum claims that treats all parties with dignity, not to continue Title 42.