January 06, 2023

Congressman Castro Condemns Inhumane New Asylum Restrictions Announced by Biden Administration

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s recent immigration policy announcement:

“I am deeply disappointed to see the Biden administration extending failed Trump-era immigration policies that exacerbate chaos and irregular migration at the Southern border. I appreciate the administration’s announcement of a new pathway for legal entry, but the new transit ban and parole requirements are willfully dismissive of the realities facing asylum seekers and will deprive countless families of the legal right to seek refuge in the United States. Instead of making concessions to the same reactionaries who have spent decades opposing immigration reform, the Biden administration should work with Congress to develop smart immigration policy that meets our nation’s economic needs, upholds our fundamental values, and addresses the root causes of migration. Democrats just passed nearly $2 billion in federal funding to strengthen our immigration system, alleviating the strain on border communities and transit points like San Antonio. We should build from that progress instead of moving backward.”