The Trump administration has terminated a program that gave at-risk Central American minors a legal way to temporarily reside in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security pulled the Central American Minors program, which was under review following an executive order in January mandating stricter immigration parole standards.
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The move is part of Trump’s crackdown on immigration. But it also may undermine his efforts to stop illegal smuggling.
The program allowed children under the age of 21 in dangerous situations with at least one parent lawfully living in the U.S. to gain temporary legal status.
It applied to children who did not qualify for refugee status.
The program gave parents another legal option to bring their children to the U.S. Advocates believe removing that option
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