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The Biden Administration announced Monday that they would begin to accept new applications for its expanded Central American Minors (CAM) program, which is designed to allow adults in the United States to petition to bring minor dependents into the country legally.

Administration officials erroneously framed this program as something that would lessen the pressure on border enforcement agencies who are still dealing with a historical border surge - now nine months into the Biden presidency:

Strengthening collaborative migration management, which includes creating legal pathways, including CAM, is one of the pillars of the president's blueprint for a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system

President Trump had ended the program in 2017, but President Biden reinstated it in March, and further expanded it in June. The Hill reports that "according to administration officials, tens of thousands of guardians [already in the U.S.] could be eligible to apply for the revamped program."

Traditionally, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents were eligible to petition for the legal admittance of their dependents through CAM. The Biden administration has now expanded the program to aliens with TPS, humanitarian parole, DED, and even aliens with pending asylum applications.

The expansion of CAM eligibility to aliens under temporary or humanitarian status in the United States is part of the Biden Administration's efforts to admit as many foreign nationals as possible in the U.S., regardless of existing law, public opinion, or the national interest.

According to The Hill, "The Biden administration separately announced an initiative to grant at least three years of legal residency to parents of families who were separated under the Trump administration's short-lived 'zero-tolerance' policy.'

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Updated: Wed, Sep 15th 2021 @ 8:29am EDT