Stories from the Border: March 2022
On March 20, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency regulation implementing an obscure piece of U.S. health law known as Title 42 — a provision that allows borders to be closed in emergency situations to protect the public health — that essentially closed the U.S.-Mexico border to those seeking asylum.
Two years later, under a new administration and with widespread vaccinations and open travel for business and tourism, this law remains in effect. Combined with the widespread impact of MPP, or “Remain in Mexico,” Title 42 has essentially created a closed border for those exercising their basic right to seek protection.
In this program, you will hear from HIAS Border Fellows from California and Arizona who are providing legal aid at the U.S.-Mexico border, and can provide a first-hand account of a humanitarian emergency on our doorstep.
This call is part of a week of action to end Title 42, through the Welcome With Dignity coalition.