President Joe Biden’s administration is accepting new applications from parents who want to bring in children aged 20 from Central America, years after former President Donald Trump ended the program.
The Central American Minors Program was introduced in 2014 during the Obama administration to allow some parents to be legally present in the United States, bringing their children from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador to the United States, if they so desire. has been approved by the US authorities. It was first announced in November 2014 by then-Vice President Biden.
Trump ended the program in 2017.
It is now being rerouted as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to expand the legal avenue to enter the United States. For the first time in four years, new applications were accepted on September 14.
The administration not only restarted the program but also expanded it. In addition to parents, legal guardians may ask to take their children from their home country to the United States. Parents or legal guardians may also have asylum cases pending, or be in the US on parole, and apply.
“We are strongly committed to welcoming people and reuniting families in the United States with humanity and respect. We move from Central America through this expansion of the legal pathway to achieving humanitarian security in the United States. We are fulfilling our promise to promote safe, orderly and humane migration,” the Department of State and Homeland Security said in a statement.
US State Department deputy assistant secretary Marta Youth told reporters at a remote news conference that some 1,400 cases would be reopened as part of the program’s restart, Reuters reported.
Voice of America, a pro-migrant group that wants to make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, was one of those to praise the program’s resumption.
“CAM provides a safe, fast and organized way for young people to seek protection and apply for reunification with loved ones in the region. After screening and approval, these youths will board a plane and join families in the US It provides an alternative route to security,” said group executive director Frank Sherry in a statement.
However, the Federation for American Immigration Reform argued that the program elevates illegal aliens above US citizens and legal immigrants.
“Virtually all Central American minors who were left behind by a parent who entered the US illegally will be admitted or parole in the country and US taxpayers will bear the cost of administering the program, while the lawful immigration program Will continue to experience historic delays and backlogs,” Matthew Tregaser, spokesman for the group, which seeks to reduce immigration levels, told The Epoch Times in an email.
“The re-implementation of this program shows where the Biden administration’s immigration focus is right now. It does not want to secure our southern border or limit incentives for illegal aliens, despite illegal immigration increasing every month under the administration and fears reaching figures not seen in two decades.
Fears of illegal precincts have risen since Biden took office in January, reaching a 21-year high in July. An expert predicted arrests at the border this year, setting a new record. The jump includes an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors, or illegal immigrant children who arrive without a responsible adult. As of September 13, more than 13,000 minors alone were in the custody of the US government.
Biden administration officials have claimed that the chaos seen at the border is a result of changing the “brutal” immigration system under Trump. He has said that changing the system takes time and some areas have seen improvement.
The changes so far include halting the construction of the border wall, halting the “stay in Mexico” program and asking immigration officials to ask judges to hear some asylum cases.
The dramatic changes have hit some roadblocks, with judges ruling against the administration in a series of key cases, including ordering officials to stay in Mexico again.
A Department of Homeland Security official told The Epoch Times in an email recently this week that the department has yet to begin returning illegal immigrants to Mexico, which is a core part of the program.
The agency was scheduled to submit a report on the reinstatement on 14 September.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times