Acacia Center for Justice Urges Congress to Reject Elimination of Asylum Amid Budget Negotiations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2023

CONTACT: Madison Allman |

[WASHINGTON] Megan Mack, Director of Federal Policy at the Acacia Center for Justice, an immigrants’ rights organization, issued the following statement in response to reports that the Biden administration and Congress are considering drastic changes to immigration law and enforcement that would all but end our asylum system and endanger the lives and safety of immigrants, their families, and their communities:

“Our communities deserve better than punitive measures – including expanded expedited removal, increased detention, a restart to Title 42 expulsions, and an effective end to asylum in the U.S. – that create a culture of fear, mistrust, and existential danger for people seeking safety from violence and political persecution. Expanded detention and expedited removal, together with drastic changes to the asylum system will subject communities of color – specifically Black and Brown people – to aggressive enforcement tactics and force them back into unsafe conditions.

“Asylum is a human and legal right. Any proposal that would place further limits on an already gutted system must be rejected outright. We urge the Biden administration to lead with courage and remember its commitments to creating an immigration system that welcomes people with dignity and humanity. It is not only possible, but imperative.”


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Acacia Center for Justice delivers and advocates for meaningful and effective access to justice and freedom for immigrants at risk of detention or deportation in partnership with an accountable, independent nationwide network of immigrant legal service providers and community partners. Acacia Center for Justice’s reach and impact are unparalleled. The national nonprofit currently operates seven federally funded programs and one state funded program through a network of nearly 60 legal service providers located in over 80 offices across the country.