State Department Ends Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee Program

State Department Ends Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee Program

According to Reuters, the U.S. Department of State already has implemented plans to end the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program , which allowed children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to apply for refugee status before physically leaving their countries. The Obama administration established the CAM program in 2014, in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors traveling from Central American countries to seek refuge in the U.S. Many Central American families sent their children to seek refuge in the U.S. from the gangs, drugs, and violence in their home countries. These families considered the CAM program a better alternative to human smuggling. Now, however, Central American families and other families from around the world no longer have this option. Back in September, the Trump administration announced its intent to phase out the program during federal fiscal year 2018, which started on October 1, 2017. The State Department stopped accepting applications for the program on November 9, 2017. On January 31, 2018, the State Department will stop interviewing CAM applicants. Those individuals with pending applications and who have not been interviewed by that date can expect to receive a notice and further instructions from the State Department about their applications. About 1,500 children and eligible family members were accepted into the CAM program since its inception, out of over 13,000 applications. The Trump administration claimed that it was ending the CAM program because the vast majority of those who had accessed the program were ineligible for refugee resettlement. Whether you are a Central American immigrant, an unaccompanied minor, or an undocumented immigrant in another situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated its practice to protecting the interests of immigrants who are facing deportation. Whether you are potentially deportable due to a visa overstay or a lack of valid immigration status, we can help. We are prepared to build the strongest case possible in order to defend you against deportation. Contact us today to set up your legal consultationand discover what assistance we can offer to you and your family.
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