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Funerals Held for Haitians Who Died in Mexico While Waiting for U.S. to Hear Asylum Claims (Church & Society)

June 16, 2022

People of faith join the Haitian Bridge Alliance and other directly impacted groups in crying out for an end to Title 42 and white supremacy in all its forms–from direct acts of hateful extremism to policies that exclude and kill. This outcry was echoed in a letter delivered to Congress last week condemning Title 42 and racist ideologies fueling violence against Black people and immigrants of color, signed by 140 organizations including multiple Interfaith Immigration Coalition members.

The member organizations of the IIC urge Congress and the administration to recognize the devastating impact of white supremacy on public opinion and public policy. They must take a bold stand against the anti-Blackness in our nation’s asylum system and put an immediate end to Title 42.

“Our hearts are saddened by the preventable and tragic deaths of Jocelyn Anselme and Calory Archange in Tijuana. It did not have to be this way,” stated Rev. Kendal L. McBroom, Director of Civil and Human Rights, The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. “We are frustrated by the lack of urgency by this Congress and Administration to protect Black lives, whether they be citizens or immigrants. As United Methodists, we hold that all individuals—whether citizens or not—have worth, dignity, inherent value, and rights. We call on Congress and the Biden Administration to end Title 42 and any efforts to make it law.”