United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a new program that will allow for the extended families of illegal aliens from certain countries to enter the United States legally.
The “In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” or the “Central American Minors (CAM)” was originally announced in November as a solution to last summer's surge of unaccompanied alien children into the U.S. The expansion announced yesterday is "primarily targeted at" children of a qualifying parent from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras. However, the expansion will also allow include spouses, grandchildren, and adult children of illegal aliens to be eligible for residency, citizenship, and government benefits.
According to the Daily Caller, the announcement is also open to the estimated 5 million beneficiaries of President Obama’s disputed 2012 and 2014 amnesties and would give them legal means to win permanent residency.
According to Ann Corcoran, editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch, this program will open "a whole new pipeline for legal migration." Up to 4,000 migrants will be allowed into the United States via the program in 2015. Under existing law, President Obama does not need approval from Congress to increase the number of migrants.
The release does not set any age, education or health requirements for possible migrants, despite the cost of low-skill households to taxpaying Americans.
Updated: Tue, Feb 24th 2015 @ 10:10am EST