Ending Humanitarian Parole Puts Children in Danger

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that today it will end part of a program that provides certain young Central American migrants the opportunity to apply for refugee status and reunite with their parents.

This change to the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole program will affect thousands of children who were given conditional parole status, putting them in danger of family separation and violence in countries where they could be targeted.

The program allows certain individuals from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala under age 21 to apply for refugee status if they have at least one parent with legal status in the U.S. The change would end the possibility of humanitarian parole for individuals who are not eligible for refugee status.

The Department Ending Humanitarian Parole Puts Children in Danger
of Homeland Security announced that it was taking away humanitarian parole in response to Trump’s January executive order on interior immigration enforcement. Parole had offered these individuals the ability to live and work in the country, but once their period of parole expires now, they likely will lose that conditional status.

The announcement comes as more immigrants — many of whom are from Central America — are being found in semitrailers in Texas, indicating that many are falling victim to human smuggling while fleeing violent conditions.

“Our immigration policies should not harm children who are fleeing violence and persecution in some of the most dangerous places in the world,” said Cathleen Farrell, Director of Communications at the National Immigration Forum. “Taking away safe, practical ways to enter the country legally amounts to encouraging illegal immigration. We should be encouraging family unification and children’s safety.”

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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