Biden administration accepting applications for Central American Minors program

10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Tuesday, September 14 2021 Sep 14, 2021 September 14, 2021 10:32 PM September 14, 2021 in News - Local

On Tuesday, the Biden administration began accepting applications for the Central American Minors program (CAM), allowing children to enter the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

Minors and their family members in Central American countries can now apply for the CAM program. US-based parents who have pending asylum applications or U Visas, a nonimmigrant visa reserved for victims of crimes, can also petition for their children.

Felicia Rangel-Samponaro, director of the Sidewalk School, an organization that helps children seeking asylum, says many children who cross into the country do so to reunite with family. However, when children travel alone, Rangel-Samponaro says they are in extreme danger.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the program, which started under President Obama in 2014 but shut down under the Trump administration, is intended to prevent children from making the journey to the United States.

Though Rangel-Samponaro says the program may help many people, she doesn't think it's enough.

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