Title 42, a Trump-era policy that restricted access to asylum for countless people fleeing danger, ended on May 11, 2023. Shortly thereafter, the Biden administration introduced an ‘asylum ban’ that bars asylum seekers who crossed through another country on their way to the southern U.S. border, unless they have previously applied for, and been denied, asylum elsewhere or managed to receive an appointment at a port of entry through a U.S. government app for smartphones. This asylum ban remains in effect while an initially successful legal challenge is paused on appeal.

On June 4, 2024, President Biden announced a new executive order, set to further limit the number of people able to exercise their legal right to seek safety at the southern border and weaken refugee protection standards in violation of U.S. law. This executive action is counterproductive to a humane, safe and orderly asylum system.

People who come to the U.S.’ southern border have left their home in search of safety, escaping conflict, violence and persecution. They have also been forced to take long and dangerous journeys to get there. 

Both Title 42 and Biden’s asylum ban rob many asylum seekers of a fair chance to present their cases and leave them effectively stranded in northern Mexico, exposed to more dangers and without adequate food or housing. 

The United States has a long, proud tradition of giving families fleeing conflict and persecution a chance to rebuild their lives in safety. 

Read on to find out how you provide critical support for people in need right now.


Ashley and mother Maria face the camera
Ashley, 9, makes bracelets with her mother, Maria*, 37, from Honduras, at a migrant shelter in Juárez, Mexico. Maria and her family were in Juárez for five months, after travelling to the border from their home country because they couldn’t pay extortion fees from local gangs. At the shelter, Maria participated in a women’s group, supported by the IRC and funded by the European Union, which provides activities and psychological support.
Photo: Paul Ratje for the IRC

Take action

Seeking asylum is legal. No one should be penalized, returned to harm or separated from their children for exercising this right. Write to the White House today to ask the Biden Administration to protect the rights of asylum seekers.

Donate to the IRC 

Make a donation to ensure that IRC can continue to provide critical support to asylum seekers on both sides of the U.S. southern border, including the IRC’s Asylum and Crossborder programs, which served nearly 50,000 people in need of protection in the U.S., with a warm welcome, case management and emergency assistance in fiscal year 2023 alone.

In Latin America, the IRC serves individuals and families who are at risk of violence and displacement in northern Central America and along the main migration corridors in Mexico, from the southern to the northern borders. We deliver a variety of services across the region, including preventing and responding to gender-based violence, safe spaces for women and girls, economic recovery and development services, case management, psychosocial support and health care through our emergency mobile medical unit. We have also launched critical information services for asylum seekers and vulnerable communities:CúentaNos in northern Central America andInfoDigna in Mexico—both part of our global Signpost project.

IRC teams on the ground in Ciudad Juárez, at the US-Mexico border.
IRC teams are on the ground in Ciudad Juárez, at the US-Mexico border, monitoring the evolution of the situation and providing hydration and support to asylum seekers who have waited in line for hours—and some even for days—as they face rising temperatures.
Photo: Everardo Esquivel for the IRC

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The IRC in Arizona's Phoenix Welcome Center, for instance, helps parents and children seeking refuge in the United States to find safety and stability as they await their asylum hearings.

Find out morehere.

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Learn about solutions

“The evidence from around the world is that cruelty is not the route to order. In fact some of the most cruel solutions produce disorder and empower people smugglers,” said David Miliband, IRC President and CEO. “By contrast, there are policies which are both humane in treating refugees with dignity, and orderly in the way they promote effective management of migration.”

The U.S. must invest in more humane, sustainable systems at the border. 

Learn more about what’s happening at the U.S. southern border and what the IRC is doing to help.