Restore Asylum Campaign

End Title 42

In collaboration with a number of other faith communities and organizations, led by the #saveasylum coalition of asylum seekers and Kino Border Initiative, IPJC is committed to ending Title 42. Learn more about this inhumane policy and how we as people of faith can come together to hold our government accountable to protect the human right to migrate. Join us to build our campaign to end Title 42 and Restore Asylum.

Walking with Holy Families, Save Asylum!

Saturday, January 29 2022 from 3-5pm
Steps of St. James Cathedral  |  804 9th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Kino Save Asylum march 2021

Join us as we stand in solidarity with Holy Families seeking asylum. We will pray, reflect, hear stories, and take action to end Title 42. Gathering at the steps of St. James Cathedral we will walk to the Federal Plaza in downtown Seattle and hold a vigil at the federal government’s doorstep, impelling them to restore access to asylum.
Save Asylum-Jan 29 flyer
Salva Asilo-Jan 29 – Spanish flyer
Photo: March to Save Asylum, September 25, 2021 in Nogales, AZ

Asylum Seeker Stories

#NotOneMoreDay | Saul’s Story | Estrella’s Story | Rafael’s Testimony

Take Action Now!
NATIONAL CALL IN DAY – Friday, October 1st

Call President Biden: (202) 456-1414
Call Congress: Find Your Representative and Senators’ phone numbers

Hello my name is ___________, I am a (congregation or organization affiliation, i.e. Tacoma Dominican Sister, or member of St. Mary’s Parish). I am calling Representative/Senator/President _____________, to end Title 42. Just as the holy family fled persecution, holy families and people deserve the right to safety and full human dignity. Under Title 42, we have seen migrants being whipped by Border Patrol agents, migrants sent back to the same places where they were kidnapped or beaten and migrants rejected over and over at ports of entry without any assessment of the dangers they face in Mexico or elsewhere.
I would like (Senator or Representative’s name) to publicly express their opposition to Title 42, and urge the Biden administration to fully restore access to asylum at the US-Mexico border and make public their plans to do so as soon as possible. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to receiving a response from you on this matter.

Tell us if you were able to make a phone call and if you got a response HERE!

What is Title 42?

Title 42 is a Trump administration policy that was enacted in March of 2020 based off of a 75-year-old health law that has effectively ended the legal asylum process. Since December 2020, public health experts have identified that there is no public health rationale for the use of Title 42. Yet, the Biden administration continues to use COVID-19 as an excuse to not process asylum cases, despite a federal judge ruling that Title 42 did not authorize the U.S. to expel migrants. The impact of this policy has been far reaching causing immense suffering for migrants at the southern border, forcing people to return to dangerous and unsafe environments, and placing extreme strain on humanitarian aid organizations on the border.

Photo: © Christopher Kerr, September 25, 2021 in Nogales, AZ

Additional Petitions/Action Alerts:

Ignatian Solidarity Network
Network Lobby
Markynoll Office of Global Concerns

Organize a Local Action (Month of October)

Each Friday during the month of October stand in solidarity with asylum seekers on the border as they hold vigil and continue to present at the port of entry. Gather your faith community to pray, learn and act on as many Fridays as you can! Make sure to invite the community into action as part of the service.

Prayer Service for Restoring Asylum (Kino Border Initiative) an example service

Let us know about any actions you are taking at so we can celebrate and amplify your voice!

Past Events & Actions to End Title 42

Restore Protections to Holy Families (Sept. 25th)
Solidary with the Border: Prayer and Action (Sept. 22nd)

News, Information and Updates on the Title 42 Campaign

Restore Protections for Holy Families (September 25th) Action Media Coverage:
Arizona Public Media, Catholic News Service, USA Today

Press Release from September 25th Action (KBI)

NETWORK Lobby Press Release
Catholic Organizations Letter to Biden to End Title 42 (NETWORK Lobby – IPJC Signatory)

Catholic Social Teaching – Migration

Since the Beginning – Why people migrate.
Men [and women] would cling to the country in which they were born, for no one would exchange his country for a foreign land if his own afforded him the means of living a decent and happy life. – Rerum Novarum (Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor), Pope Leo XIII, 1891, #47

Right to Migrate
Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence with the confines of his own state. When there are just reasons in favor of it, he must be permitted to emigrate to other countries and to take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership in the human family, nor the citizenship in that universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of women and men. – Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”), Pope John XXIII, 1963, #25

Crucified People of Today
It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called to recognize the suffering Christ, even if this appears to bring us no tangible and immediate benefits. I think of the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned, and many others. Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all. For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis. – Evangelii Gaudium (“Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis, 2013, Chapter 4, #210

Bishops Statement from Bishops on the U.S.-Mexican Border