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Trump Administration Ends Immigration Program for Central American Kids Fleeing Violence

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August 24, 2017

Courtesy of San Antonio Current

Currently, there are nearly 3,000 minors fleeing violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras awaiting federal approval to settle in the United States. Last week, the Trump Administration extinguished that hope.

On August 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cancelled the Central American Minors (CAM) program, a federal immigration option created in 2014 under the Obama Administration’s guidance. This program offered U.S. entry to minors fleeing violence in Central America’s “Northern Triangle,” the tri-country region doused in rampant gang violence and corruption (in just the past two years, 33,000 people have been murdered in the region). Minors were only allowed this entry, however, if they already had a parent legally residing in the U.S waiting for them. Regardless, it was a small step in the U.S. acknowledging that people fleeing Central American were actual refugees, not criminals.

Trump Administration Ends Immigration Program for Central American Kids Fleeing Violence

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