May 16, 2023

(SACRAMENTO, CA – 5/16/2023) – The California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) strongly condems the Biden Administration’s implementation of an inhumane and unlawful asylum ban. 

Despite making campaign promises to overturn inhumane policies and stop forced deportations that violate due process, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed on May 10 that the Biden Administration has decided to replace the controversial, Trump-era Title 42 pandemic policy with one of the cruelest asylum bans to date. The new policy disqualifies migrants from being eligible for asylum if they did not first attempt to seek refuge in countries they passed through on their way to the United States border. The ban also prevents reentry into the United States for a period of five years and prosecutes immigrants who attempt to seek safety in the United States. 

In a statement, CAIR-CA CEO Hussam Ayloush said: 

“The Biden Administration’s implementation of this inhumane and unlawful asylum ban is a betrayal of our nation’s values and is an affront to the basic human rights of those seeking refuge from persecution and danger. This policy ignores the reality that many refugees face during their journey to safety and will only serve to further harm the most vulnerable members of our global community.

“We call on the Biden administration to keep its campaign promises and uphold the fundamental values of justice, fairness, and compassion that are the cornerstone of our democracy. We also urge our elected representatives and leaders to take a stand against this cruel and unjust policy and to work towards a more humane and just immigration system that upholds the dignity and rights of all people.” 

CAIR-CA stands in solidarity with all those who are impacted by this unjust policy and will continue to work tirelessly to advocate for the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of immigration status. 

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

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CONTACT: CAIR San Diego Executive Director Tazheen Nizam,, 760-201-7626.