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The Resurrection Project Statement on DHS Announcement of New Migration Enforcement Process for Venezuelans
CHICAGO – The Biden Administration on Wednesday announced that it would be expanding its use of Title 42 and begin returning Venezuelans seeking asylum at the border. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the U.S. and Mexico would create a new parole program requiring Venezuelans entering the country to have a sponsor living in the United States.
The Resurrection Project (TRP) is perturbed by the expansion of the use of section 265 of Title 42 to expulse any immigrant seeking asylum at the southern border. A humanitarian parole program that facilitates an orderly process for immigrants seeking asylum with credible fear is needed, but it must be implemented in a manner that allows any immigrant to apply without the need for sponsorship. Seeking asylum is a fundamental right that the United States should guard. Politicians on both sides of the aisle must stop using immigrants as political pawns and fix a solvable problem by enacting overall comprehensive immigration reform.
In Chicago and Illinois, immigrants contribute to our communities, towns, and cities; this is one of the many reasons why we have welcomed 3,000 asylum seekers with dignity since the first bus arrived at Chicago’s Union Station on August 31.
The Resurrection Project (TRP) builds trusting relationships to educate and propel individuals, immigrants, and families to achieve their social and economic aspirations, stable homes and equitable participation in their community. TRP is a leading provider of affordable housing, financial education, and immigration services on Chicago’s Southwest side. Since its founding in 1990, TRP has leveraged $641 million in neighborhood reinvestment, created 296,000 square feet of commercial community space, developed 864 units of affordable housing, and helped 670 prospective buyers become homeowners.