Raising our voices to demand an end to Title 42

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Oxfam and #WelcomeWithDignity coalition deliver more than 200,000 signatures to the Biden administration calling for an end to inhumane immigration policies

After months of campaigning for a more humane immigration system, Oxfam has taken a big step forward in collective action against Title 42, the cruel and unlawful policy used to send asylum seekers back into harm's way. More than 11,000 of you joined us to demand the Biden administration put an end to Title 42.

On Thursday, November 18, as part of the #WelcomeWithDignity coalition—a group of 95 organizations that includes Welcome with Dignity, Amnesty International, the ACLU, HIAS, and Physicians for Human Rights—we sent a strong message to our government officials: Title 42, the Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as "Remain in Mexico"), and other policies restricting the right to seek asylum must end immediately. In total, 200,000 activists—including public health experts—joined our coalition to call for an end to the discriminatory policy and the creation of an accessible, fair, and humane asylum system.

Graphic: #WelcomeWithDignity campaign

The joint petition delivery demonstrates the power of many voices uniting toward a shared goal. In advocating for a more equitable asylum system, we are asking for recognition of the dignity and rights of all migrants and asylum seekers, which in turn, will benefit all of us. This moment was part of a larger Week of Action to restore asylum, which will culminate in a rally at the White House. The Week of Action also coincided with the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on border security. Oxfam participated by submitting questions for Senators to pose to Mayorkas.

Alongside the ACLU, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, RAICES, and Texas Civil Rights, Oxfam is continuing to pursue legal action against the Biden administration to halt Title 42 and upholds the rights of asylum seekers.

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