SEATTLE, WA – Today Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement after a federal court ruling blocked President Biden’s attempt to end Title 42.
“Title 42 is a xenophobic hold-over policy from the Trump administration that does nothing to support our public health and has effectively upended the legal asylum-seeking process at the southern border. Stripping asylum seekers of their right to due process has only resulted in further chaos at the border. As with so many Trump-era policies, particularly when it comes to immigration, the cruelty is the point. President Biden was right to end this hateful, counterproductive policy. I applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to appeal this ruling and urge my colleagues in Congress not to take action that would prevent or undermine the administration’s ability to end Title 42.”