The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and six partner agencies (Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados México, Refugee Health Alliance, Kino Border Initiative, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Espacio Migrante, and Immigrant Defenders Law Center) released a new report, Limits on Access to Asylum After Title 42: One Month of Monitoring U.S.-Mexico Border Ports of Entry, sharing concerning observations from in-person monitoring at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Observations were collected between May 11 and June 12, following the end of Title 42 and the subsequent implementation of the new “asylum ban” rule. This new regulation renders most asylum-seekers ineligible for asylum, unless they use the CBP One smartphone app to schedule one of the limited number of appointments, or have sought and been denied asylum in a country of transit with very few exceptions.  

The monitors’ key findings include additional challenges and barriers for people seeking asylum, beyond the restrictions imposed by the new “asylum ban” regulation, including:

The working group urges the U.S. government to: fully restore access to asylum; surge agency staff (not troops) and other resources to ports of entry; and rescind the asylum ban that counterproductively punishes asylum seekers. U.S. government reports have repeatedly found that limiting asylum at ports of entry leads individuals, who would otherwise have sought or who tried to seek protection at a port, to instead make dangerous, irregular border crossings in their desperate need for protection. Implementing these and other recommendations are key to establishing a safe, humane, and orderly process at ports of entry.