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Biden Must Stand Behind Promise to End Title 42

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Biden, 

We, the undersigned progressive national state and local organizations, applaud your administration’s decision to end Title 42 and restore access to asylum for people presenting themselves at our borders. We now call on you to stand by this decision and lead your administration towards building an immigration system that is welcoming, fair, humane, and orderly. We urge you to stay the course and defend your administration’s decision to end Title 42 and forcefully oppose any legislative efforts to keep Title 42 in place or delay its end, such as the Public Health and Border Security Act. This should not be a hard decision; the Title 42 order is supposed to be a public health measure, and there is zero public health rationale for restricting asylum, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have properly determined.

All people deserve the opportunity to live free from violence and persecution and with their families. The American public watched in horror as the Trump administration separated children, including babies and toddlers, from their families, causing lifelong trauma to people who were fleeing violence. In response, you made a campaign promise to restore the asylum system and undo the cruel policies of the Trump era. Title 42 is a Trump-era relic that perpetuates family separation and prevents people from accessing our asylum system.

Leadership requires courage and commitment. At this critical moment, we call on your administration to clearly articulate and defend its plan to end Title 42 and restore asylum. Your administration must oppose any legislative efforts that tie the hands of your administration and keep Title 42 in place indefinitely. Legislation such as S. 4036/H.R. 7458, the Public Health and Border Security Act, takes the decision-making authority away from the scientists and public health experts at the Center for Disease Control and politicizes pandemic relief. 

Your administration must stand with voters who elected you into office by fulfilling your commitment to protect immigrants, restore the asylum system, and end family separation. We know that your administration has a plan, the capacity, and resources to manage migration, keep families together, and ensure a just and orderly process at the border. We implore you to stand firm in your decision to end Title 42 and communicate your plan to American voters. 

We stand ready with you to show that America’s cities and states are prepared and ready to welcome migrants with dignity regardless of country of origin, race, or ethnicity.


People’s Action

Public Citizen 

Action Together New Jersey

Alabama Black Women’s Roundtable 

American Constitution Society

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Center for Common Ground

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Church World Service

Clean Elections Texas



Faith in Public Life 

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Government Accountability Project

Health Care Awareness Month


Indivisible Nation BK

Indivisible Northern Nevada

Japanese American Citizens League

Michigan People’s Campaign

Michigan United 

Movement Labs


National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Independent Living

National Immigration Law Center

Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

One America 

Our Revolution

Pennsylvania Stands Up

People Organized for Westside Renewal

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Progressive Maryland

River Valley Organizing

R2H Action [Right to Health]

Social Security Works

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

United Vision for Idaho 

United We Dream

Venice Resistance

Voice of Democracy Arizona

Voices for Progress 

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

Witness at the Border

WV Citizen Action Group