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Biden Administration Expands the Central American Minors Program

Biden Administration Expands the Central American Minors Program
June 15, 2021

The Biden Administration announced an expansion to the Central American Minors Program which will allow many children from Central America to lawfully enter the United States and be reunited with parents.

“The Central American Minors program, started by the Obama administration in 2014, applies to people under the age of 21 coming from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which over the past decade have sent a majority of asylum-seeking migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Under the Obama administration, children were eligible for the program if they had a parent living lawfully in the U.S., such as those who were lawful permanent residents or those who had been granted temporary protection. The Biden administration, however, has expanded the program to also include children who have a parent in the United States with a pending visa application or asylum case.

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