U.S. Government Set to Reunite Central American Children with Families in US

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U.S. Government Set to Reunite Central American Children with Families in US


Jativa, Daniel, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The Trump administration has agreed Friday to reunite 2,714 Central American children with their families in the U.S. after a refugee organization sued the administration over President Trump's decision to stop allowing Central American immigrants from requesting refugee status for their children in Central America.

Court documents filed Friday in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Francisco show that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency will allow the children to come into the U.S., saying that it "agrees to abandon its reconsideration process of its decision to rescind conditional approvals for parole for [the Central American Minors program] beneficiaries."

The Obama-era program specifically processes refugee status requests by parents already in the U.S. for their children in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The majority of the parents who requested the status for their children are in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, a temporary visa issued by the Department of Homeland Security to individuals hailing from countries undergoing extreme hardship, such as natural disasters and political turmoil.

"USCIS agrees to process the approximately 2700 individuals who were conditionally approved for parole prior to the CAM Parole program’s termination and then issued rescission notices, as well as any later born children who are classified as add-ons," the agreement between the U. …

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