Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Watch on Watson's YouTube Channel.
Simultaneous interpreting in Spanish will be available
During his campaign, President Biden committed to taking immediate steps to reverse the Trump Administration's inhumane asylum policies. In particular, then-candidate Biden promised to end several policies that resulted in the return of hundreds of thousands of primarily Central American asylum seekers to Mexico. Many have been waiting more than a year, in dangerous and squalid conditions, for an opportunity to present their claims in front of a US immigration judge.
In his first days in office President Biden has taken steps to address these harms; yet tens of thousands of men, women and children remain trapped in vulnerable situations in Mexico, as the new administration works through the political and administrative challenges in reconstructing the US asylum system. In this talk, Margaret Cargioli, of Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and Daniel Berlin, of Asylum Access Mexico, will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by their clients--families fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries--as the US gradually unwinds the destructive immigration policies of the last four years.