FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Press Contact: Jessica Ortiz, [email protected]
“The court’s decision is grounded in racism and anti-immigrant bias, not legal precedent”
San Antonio, TX – In response to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ rejection of the Biden administration’s attempt to end the Migrant Protection Protocols program, RAICES released the following statement from Tami Goodlette, Director of Litigation:
“Trump may be out of office, but his political appointees continue to do his bidding throughout our judicial system to enact a blatantly anti-immigrant agenda. Make no mistake, the Fifth Circuit’s decision to reject President Biden’s attempt to end the Migrant Protection Protocols program is grounded in racism and xenophobia, not legal precedent,” said Tami Goodlette, Director of Litigation at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). “We expect nothing different from the Trump and Bush-appointed judges, including one who is Governor Abbott’s former attorney.”
“The so-called Migrant Protection Protocols are fundamentally unjust, and are being used as an illegal deterrent to turn the border – a place where people can legally seek asylum – into a site rampant with human rights crises and abuses. The Biden administration must forcefully push back against this Trump-era legacy, which will hurt our communities for years to come by stripping away the basic human right to seek asylum and refuge at our borders.”
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Learn more at raicestexas.org.