Los Angeles, Apr 12. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday changes to improve the reception program for minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, aimed at avoiding the dangerous journey that some children make from their countries of origin to the United States.
Through the Central American Minors (CAM) program, the government of President Joe Biden has been reuniting minors in Central America with their parents on US soil.
In a statement, DHS said the changes are based on the Administration’s continued efforts “to provide alternatives to dangerous and irregular migration to the border.”
The changes announced today expand access to the program and streamline certain processes, building on President Biden’s executive order issued in June 2021 that sought to restore and enhance the CAM program.
The program was created in 2014 by then-President Barack Obama (2009-2017) and managed to reunite almost 5,000 minors with their families until it was eliminated by order of his successor, Donald Trump (2017-2021) in 2017.
The announced improvements open the door to certain CAM applicants who are not eligible for refugee resettlement, especially those who were interviewed between August 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018.
The changes were published today in the Federal Register Notice (FRN), where interested parties can consult. EFE