Administration to Expand Program Allowing Central American to enter U.S. as Refugees.
Plans were announced Tuesday that the Obama Administration will expand programs that will allow family members residing in this country, seek refuge for thousands of children from Central America.
This new policy will go into effect in the next few months and will expand eligibility to the Central American Minors (CAM) program providing some 9,000 qualified children in El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras a safe, legal and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey.
This new plan will include broadening eligibility for the CAM program, established in November 2014, to deter unauthorized arrivals into the U.S. As people continue to cross into the U.S. in search of asylum, the administration is planning to expand the program to allow siblings, biological parents and caregivers to enter the U.S. as well.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary, told reporters that the government has received around 9,000 applications so far. The State Department screened more than 6,000 applicants and the Department of Homeland Security processed some 2,900 final interviews with applicants, approving about 2,000 people for resettlement.
This news is very encouraging. Parents, siblings, uncles and grandparents resident in the United States can request asylum for these minors who are now in their countries, many of them without family.
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