SOUTHERN BORDER — This week the Biden administration unveiled a 21-point immigration plan and although the Biden administration had promised a more “fair, orderly, and humane” immigration system, the latest updates to the Biden administration’s plan doesn't just fall short, but perpetuates punitive rhetoric and a dangerous prevention through deterrence approach. Disturbingly, the Biden administration continues the use of inhumane Trump-era policies that erode access to asylum, like Title 42, and plans on expanding expedited removals to families, both of which arbitrarily give border agents the power to expel migrants and people seeking safety—including their children—from the United States without a hearing before an immigration judge, which invites due process violations that are anything but fair, orderly and humane.
Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, said:
“Unfortunately, the Biden administration is perpetuating dangerous practices used by the former administration instead of doing what we can and must do—treat people with dignity at the southern border. If the administration truly wants to create a ‘better managed’ border, it needs to be more creative and much bolder—and it should never sway from treating people humanely. What is needed is not just a whole-of-government approach, but also a whole-of-society approach, in which the administration better coordinates with—and resources—nongovernmental agencies to create a welcoming system at the border that receives people with dignity and respects their human rights. Removing families--including children--without due process undermines their survival.”
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BORDER COMMUNITIES COALITION
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together organizations from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.