Immigration Newsletter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Obama Approves Plan to Let Children in Central America Apply for Refugee Status - NYTimes.com

Obama Approves Plan to Let Children in Central America Apply for Refugee Status - NYTimes.com



WASHINGTON — President Obama has approved a plan to allow several thousand young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the United States, providing a legal path for some of them to join family members already living in America, White House officials said Tuesday.


The program is aimed at helping to discourage many children from making a long, dangerous trek across Mexico in an attempt to cross into the United States and join their parents. The idea was first presented to Mr. Obama at the height of the summer’s border crisis, when tens of thousands of young children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were pouring across the border from Mexico and presenting themselves to American border patrol agents as refugees fleeing from rape and gang violence.


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