The US expanded access to the family reunification program for minors in Central America.

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source: latimes.com

In a joint statement, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, have announced the second phase of the opening of this program, which will allow access to "a greater number of people."

The Joe Biden Administration has announced the expansion of access to the family reunification program for Minors of Central America (CAM).

In a joint statement, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, have announced the second phase of the opening of this program, which will allow access to "a greater number of people."

"The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Office of Population, Refugees, and Migration have made progress towards the reinstitution and improvement of the Central American Minors program since our agencies launched the first phase of its reopening in March," they asserted.

Thus, they had pointed out that within the framework of this "responsible and phased" approach, cases that "were closed when the CAM was terminated in 2018" continue to be reopened, in what, in their opinion, is "a component of the approach President's (Joe Biden) multiple meeting to address the challenges of irregular migration."

"Eligibility to the petition will now be expanded to include legal guardians (other than parents) who are in the United States under any of the following qualification categories: Lawful Permanent Residence, Temporary Protected Status, Parole, deferred action, deferred forced departure or withholding of removal," they have detailed in their statement.

In addition, as they have added, this eligibility expansion will now include confident parents or legal guardians based in the United States "who have a pending asylum application or a pending visa application filed before May 15, 2021."

Specifically, it will allow them to request access to the Refugee Admission Program on behalf of their national children of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras "for possible resettlement in the United States."

"These new changes will dramatically expand access to the CAM program," Blinken and Mayorkas have considered, adding that the Biden Administration is "firmly committed to welcoming the United States with humanity and respect," as well as providing "a legal alternative. Irregular migration.

In this sense, the secretaries have indicated that the "promise" to "promote safe, orderly and humane migration from Central America through this expansion of legal channels to seek humanitarian protection in the United States is being fulfilled."

Approximately 1,100 cases have been reopened since March, and some 3,100 cases representing 3,838 individuals have been identified, according to the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, Jalina Porter.

MAYORKAS IN MEXICO

On migration, Mayorkas spoke with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday during a visit by the US Secretary to the country through which Central American migrants cross to reach the border with the United States.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the meeting has been part of the "continuous high-level" dialogue between both nations to "jointly advance towards orderly, safe and regular migration."

"The main objective of the meeting was to reaffirm the will for cooperation that exists between both administrations for the protection of the rights of migrants and migration within the legal frameworks of both countries," the portfolio said in a statement.

Specifically, Ebrard has emphasized the will of "cooperation" of the Government of Mexico to address the migratory phenomenon in conjunction with the region's countries, and both countries have highlighted the "challenges" in the matter.

In addition, the minister has stated in a video posted on the profile of his portfolio on Twitter that "there is a working group" to advance the opening of the border in favor of trade, tourism, and the economy.

In this sense, the Mexican side has shared with Mayorkas that they will accelerate vaccination in the border area to "get closer" to the average for the US area. "We must hurry, organize, to achieve this (border reopening) as soon as possible and to be able to regulate the economic and social situation in our cities on the northern border," he added.

For this, Mexico will use the 1.35 million doses of the Janssen vaccine received this Tuesday from the United States, Ebrard has indicated.