President Biden is allowing migrants from Central America with pending asylum claims to have families join them in the US while American taxpayers foot the bill.
The Los Angeles Times, on Tuesday, revealed:
The Biden administration on Tuesday announced the major expansion of a program that would allow many such youths into the country legally, part of its stated goal to increase “legal pathways” for immigration. The changes could boost the number of Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran children joining their families in the U.S. from several hundred to tens of thousands.
The in-country processing will resume with Tuesday’s announcement, administration officials said. Advocates warned against allowing burdensome backlogs to form in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, with screening, interviews, vetting, and cross-border paperwork that delay and ultimately discourage applicants, some of whom feel too at risk to wait it out [and choose to take their shot trying to sneak into the U.S.]
The US Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed the Los Angeles Times reporting, citing an anonymous source:
The program in question is the State Department-administered Central American Minors (CAM) program, established by the Obama-Biden administration in 2014 in response to a wave of unescorted children reaching the border. Its expansion would essentially allow the sitting Democrat president to use the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to create a new immigration pathway for the families of migrants — chain migration. On March 10, the Biden administration announced it was restarting the program.
The LA Times added:
Tuesday’s decision vastly increases the potential pool of children who will be allowed to seek entry. It expands the categories of adults who may petition for children to join them, adding to the mix legal guardians and parents whose legal status in the U.S. is still being processed, including those with pending asylum cases or applications for what is known as a U visa given to victims of violence, the official said.
The official [who spoke on condition of anonymity] said there could be at least 100,000 newly eligible petitioners.
Many of the children and youths — who must be unmarried and younger than 21 — also will be allowed to avail themselves of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which provides numerous benefits and is also being expanded by the Biden administration, the official said.
The CAM program was shut down in 2017 by Former President Trump. The program permitted parents who lived in the U.S. legally to petition the have their children join them. It also allowed migrants to apply for refugee status while waiting in their home countries for the application to process.
“We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas declared in a joint statement.
They expressed that CAM expansion is part of a broader effort to expand legal access to safer immigration.
“The expanded Biden version will have more outreach, but the rationale is the same: Don’t come here illegally because we will come get you in legally,” Nayla Rush, a refugee and asylum policy expert at the Centers for Immigration Studies (CIS), wrote on Tuesday.
She acknowledged what happens if an immigration judge denies the asylum or the visa claims and if “caregivers” of said children could also be allowed into the U.S.
The surge of migrants mainly from the Central American Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras under the Biden administration has skyrocketed to record levels.
Asylum cases can take years. Biden is offering some asylum seekers work permits so they can resettle under U.S. taxpayer-funded aid under USRAP.
U.S. law deems a refugee is an alien who has experienced past persecution or has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Fleeing poverty or violence, as most Central Americans claim, is not grounds for asylum.