Statement from Tami Goodlette, Director of Litigation at RAICES:
“The State of Texas has set out to become a party in the Huisha-Huisha case in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that challenges Title 42. The ACLU, RAICES and other organizations filed the lawsuit in January to challenge the use of Title 42 to block families from seeking asylum in the U.S. In its motion, Texas argues that there is “an uncontrolled influx of aliens” coming to the U.S. at the southern border who have “disproportionately high COVID-19 positivity rates.” This is simply not true and the State of Texas needs to stop spreading lies about immigrants, about COVID-19, and about science.
As Dr. Anthony Fauci made clear, immigrants coming to the U.S. are “absolutely not” the cause of any increase in COVID-19 infection rates and that “look[ing] at the data” about who’s gotten sick and died from Covid-19 shows “this is not driven by immigrants.”
Governor Abbott has been fighting tooth and nail against mask and vaccine mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, yet here, he cries there is a “crisis because of the influx of aliens infected with COVID-19.” We’ve seen his tricks—and his cruelty—before and RAICES won’t stand for it. Today, we filed our brief opposing Texas’ intervention in the case because U.S. law allows our clients to seek asylum and refuge here. Neither Biden’s Title 42 nor Abbott’s shenanigans in court will prevent us from fighting for them and for justice once and for all.”