Press Statements

CIPC Statement Regarding President Biden’s Executive Order on Asylum

Los Angeles (June 4, 2024) – The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) issued the following statement regarding the executive order signed by President Biden today allowing him to deny people their right to seek asylum at the southern border when certain conditions are met.

“The right to seek asylum is a human right. Period. President Biden’s executive order signed today allowing him to suspend longtime protections for people seeking asylum in the United States is disappointing and dangerous,” said CIPC Executive Director Masih Fouladi.

“His administration has had long enough to find a better path forward than the same xenophobic attempt to close the border and deny due process to individuals and families fleeing danger and persecution that the Trump administration offered when he was in office.

“Instead of rehashing cruel policies used by the previous administration, President Biden should work with all levels of government to provide nonprofit and community-based organizations along the border the resources necessary to safely and humanely welcome people with dignity.

“This includes Gov. Newsom and the Legislature. They must ensure that the state budget they are negotiating includes the $79 million allocation to the Rapid Response Program for continued humanitarian efforts in California’s border communities.“