President Obama’s team has decided to preempt the possibility of another border crisis by allowing Central American children of adults who benefited from his deferred action program to come into the country legally.
“The Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program provides certain qualified minors in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States,” the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement announced.
The agency began taking applications on December 1.
The bulletin lists the criteria that render someone a qualifying child and a qualifying parent. Qualifying parents include people who had their deportations deferred or who received deferred action status (that’s the the unilateral change to immigration policy that Obama made regarding children before the 2012 election, after Congress did not pass pass the DREAM Act, and that he expanded in November to include millions of adults).
“Parolees and persons granted deferred action must have been issued parole or deferred action for a minimum of one year,” USCIS says.