Trump Administration Requests More Time To Reunite Families

The Trump administration has agreed 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," according to the agreement between the U.S. government and International Refugee Assistance Project, the legal team representing the families.

Though the agreement has been reached by both parties, it must still be approved by a federal judge before the processing of requests can resume.

Upon Trump's inauguration as president, the program was one of the first items on the chopping block as the administration aspired to tackle the immigration issue, which was hotly contested during the election. The administration terminated the program in 2017, leaving the pending requests in limbo.

The agreement also says that it will process requests for individuals over the age 21 so long they were under 21 at the time of the application before the program terminated, adding that "beneficiaries are eligible for CAM processing so long as they were under 21 years old as of the date on which their Affidavit of Relationship forms were filed, regardless of their age at the time of parole into the United States."

Source : https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/u-s-government-set-to-reunite-central-american-children-with-families-in-us

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