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DISORDERLY AND INHUMANE: Biden Administration Continues to Expel Asylum Seekers to Danger While U.S. Border Communities Stand Ready to Welcome
Hope Border Institute & Human Rights First | 2021
"This report highlights the devastating impact of the Biden administration’s decision to continue using Title 42 to block and expel asylum-seeking families and adults to Ciudad Juárez, even as faith-led organizations, humanitarian groups, legal services organizations, and other volunteers stand ready in the El Paso region to welcome these asylum seekers and help them reach their destinations in the United States. This report is based on more than 70 in-person interviews with asylum-seeking families and adults in Ciudad Juárez conducted in late June 2021 by Human Rights First, as well as interviews with Mexican local, state and federal government officials, shelter and humanitarian service providers in the United States and Mexico, and the County of El Paso’s Office of New Americans. Human Rights First researchers also toured an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hotel detention facility for families in El Paso. The report draws on the ongoing work of the El Paso-based Hope Border Institute, as co-convener of the Frontera Welcome Coalition of local government agencies, legal services providers, faith-based groups, healthcare workers, and immigrants rights advocates, to ensure shelter and other assistance are available to asylum seekers in the region."