Biden Administration Restarts Program to Reunite Separated Migrant Families

Southern Border Ambassador Roberta Jacobson said the Biden administration would restart the Central American Minors (CAM) program, which aims to reunite migrant families.

CAM allowed children fleeing violence in Central America to apply for refugee status in the US before joining their parents who are already there. 

 CAM was halted during the term of former President Donald Trump for alleged security reasons.

Jacobson however clarified that the reinstatement of CAM does not mean their borders are open. 

“I want to be clear, neither this announcement nor any of the other measures suggest that anyone, especially children and families with young children, should make the dangerous trip to try and enter the U.S. in an irregular fashion,” said Jacobson. 

President Joe Biden said restructuring the nation’s immigration system was his main priority during his inauguration after four years of strict immigration laws in the US.

Biden also said that he was trying to lessen the migrant waves and would allot  $4bn to “address the root causes of migration” despite easing immigration laws. 

Biden has drawn criticism for his immigration reforms which prompted Texas to tighten security at the Mexican border after more migrants have reportedly tried to cross. 

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