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Friday, February 3, 2023

Biden restarts plan for parents to bring Central American children to the U.S.

Many years after former President Donald Trump ended the program, President Joe Biden’s administration is accepting new applications from parents who wish to bring 20-year-old children from Central America.

The Central American Minors Program was launched in 2014 during the Obama administration to allow certain parents who are legally resident in the United States to bring their children from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador to the United States if their request is approved by the U.S. authorities . The then Vice President Biden made this announcement for the first time in November 2014.

Trump terminated the plan in 2017.

It is now being relaunched as part of the Biden administration’s attempts to expand legal access to the United States. On September 14, new applications were accepted for the first time in four years.

The government not only restarted the procedure, but also expanded it. In addition to parents, legal guardians can also require their children to fly to the United States from their home country. Parents or legal guardians can even have pending asylum cases, or apply for parole in the United States.

“We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect and reuniting their families. We are fulfilling our commitment to promote safe, orderly, and humane development from Central America by expanding legal channels for seeking humanitarian protection in the United States. Immigration,” the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

According to Reuters, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Marta Youth told reporters at a remote news conference that as part of the restoration of the plan, about 1,400 cases will be reopened.

Voice of America, a pro-immigrant organization that hopes to make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, is also one of those who praised the restoration of the plan.

“CAM provides a safe, fast and orderly way for young people to seek safety and apply for reunion with relatives in the area. These young people will board the plane and reunite with their families in the United States after review and approval. Another way of protection,” Frank Sharry, executive director of the organization, said in a statement.

However, the American Immigration Reform Federation believes that the plan puts illegal aliens above American citizens and legal immigrants.

“Almost all Central American minors left behind by their parents who entered the United States illegally can be admitted or parole to the country. U.S. taxpayers will bear the cost of administering the program, while legal immigration programs continue to experience historic delays and backlogs. “The organization’s spokesperson, Matthew Tragser, told The Epoch Times in an email that the organization aims to reduce immigration levels.

“The re-implementation of the plan reveals the current immigration focus of the Biden administration. It does not want to protect our southern border or limit incentives for illegal foreigners, although under the leadership of the government, illegal immigration is increasing every month. And the total number of arrests has reached a number not seen in 20 years,” he added.

Since Biden took office in January, illegal border arrests have surged, reaching the highest level in 21 years in July. An expert predicts that the number of arrests at the border this year will set a new record. An unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors or illegal immigrant children arrived without a responsible adult. As of September 13, more than 13,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained by the US government.

Biden administration officials asserted that the chaos at the border was the result of changing the “cruel” immigration system under Trump. They say that it takes time to change the system, and some areas have improved.

The changes so far include stopping the construction of the border wall, stopping the “stay in Mexico” program, and proposing that immigration officials take over judges to hear some asylum cases.

The dramatic changes encountered some obstacles. The judges ruled against the government in a series of key cases, including ordering officials to resume their stay in Mexico.

An official from the Department of Homeland Security told The Epoch Times in a recent email this week that the department has not yet begun deporting illegal immigrants to Mexico, which is a core part of the plan.

The agency was originally scheduled to submit a report on the resumption of work on September 14.

Zachary Stieber reports on U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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