- Starting this Tuesday, September 14, the United States will accept new applications for the Central American minors’ reception program.
- “We are ready to start receiving applications,” said an official.
- This program does not apply to Central American children or adolescents who are outside their countries of origin.
Starting this Tuesday, September 14, the United States will accept new applications for the Central American minors’ reception program.
Two officials of the Biden Administration reported that the government will be receiving new requests from minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for the reception program with which they intend to prevent children and adolescents from making dangerous trips from their native country to meet their parents in the United States.
The US will accept applications for the foster care program for Central American minors
In 2017, during the term of former President Donald Trump, the reception program for Central American minors was canceled. However, on March 10, President Biden decided to resume the initiative.
“We are ready to start receiving applications,” the official said in an interview with EFE. Now that they ‘open’ this door, the authorities hope that “tens of thousands” of immigrants will benefit from the program.
Central American Minors Program
Through the Central American Minors Program (CAM), the US government authorizes parents to be reunited with their children and adolescents who are still in their country of origin. Of course, they must meet some requirements. To begin with, parents should be legal residents.
The Biden administration has already started working on applications that were pending when Trump canceled the program. Of 3,000 cases closed without an interview, the government has taken up 1,400 and although no beneficiary of this program has yet arrived in the United States, their situation is already being evaluated, explained the interviewee.
They ‘open’ the doors to immigrant children
Since they reviewed the pending cases, a new stage begins. Starting tomorrow, parents and legal guardians with immigration protections such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Forced Departure (DED) will be able to file a petition to bring their child or adolescent to the United States.
This program is also open to parents who are awaiting a response to their asylum or U visa case (victims of crime or abuse), as long as they have been cases filed before May 15, EFE reported.
How does it work?
This program does not apply to Central American children or adolescents who are outside their countries of origin. That is, if a young person is in Mexico or on the southern border of the United States, they will not be able to adhere to the program.
Children and adolescents must remain in their countries of origin in Central America, while the father makes the request from the United States, indicated the official of the Biden administration.
Requirements to apply
Parent requirements: “Any person who, at the time of application, was at least 18 years of age and legally present in the United States, with one of the following conditions: Legal Permanent Resident, Temporary Protected Status, Entry Permit Conditional, Deferred Action, Deferred Forced Departure or Withholding of Removal ”.
Minor requirements: A minor may be eligible for the program if “at the time of application, he / she must: be the child (biological child, stepchild, or legally adopted child) of the eligible parent, not be married, be under 21 years of age, and be a national of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras ”. READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE.
More help for immigrants
This is not the only program that the Biden administration has reactivated. This Monday, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of National Security, reported that they opened a website to receive requests for family reunification.
This initiative is aimed in particular at families separated between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, during the Trump administration when the “zero tolerance” policy was applied. The government estimates that more than 3,900 migrant children were separated on these dates. The US will accept applications for the foster care program for Central American minors.
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