How the Biden Administration Can Protect Both Public Health and the Right to Asylum

Source: Niskanen Center
by Emily van Fossen

“President Biden ran on a platform promising to bring dignity and humanity to our immigration system. Over the last nine months, he has frequently shown that to be true for many populations seeking humanitarian protection in the U.S, through his support of Dreamers and increasing the annual refugee cap. However, he has failed to demonstrate that he will respond to crises at our southern border with a humane approach rather than repeating the mistakes of past administrations that relied on an ill-conceived theory of deterrence. The Biden administration has used COVID-19 as an excuse to close our borders to those seeking protection rather than expanding our processing capacity to safely allow asylum seekers into our country.” (10/13/21)