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Save the Children CEO: "We’re heartened to be one step closer to ending Title 42"

Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2022) – After yesterday’s decision by the D.C. District Court to void the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that allowed U.S. border officials to expel millions of migrants and asylum seekers under Title 42, Janti Soeripto, President and CEO of Save the Children, issued the following statement:

“We’re heartened to be one step closer to ending Title 42, a policy that grievously endangered the well-being and safety of asylum-seeking children and families. We agree with the court’s ruling that the use of Title 42 was arbitrary and capricious, and took a severe toll on child migrants and asylum-seekers. Title 42 was never about public health – unfortunately, it was a stopgap for real immigration reform based on falsehoods and racist paradigms, betraying America’s tradition of being a safe-haven for the persecuted. 

“While we understand the government will need time to operationalize this ruling – as evidenced by the Department of Homeland Security’s request to delay the court order’s implementation – we continue to strongly urge the Biden administration and Congress to seize this opportunity to create a more just and humane immigration system, one that prioritizes the well-being of migrant children and families.” 

Save the Children – together with its political advocacy arm Save the Children Action Network – will continue to advocate on behalf of children and families to ensure they are treated legally and humanely, with dignity and respect, and work with the relevant authorities to ensure this ruling is the first step in creating a more just immigration system.



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