WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will expand the number of Central American children eligible to apply for asylum in the U.S. while still in their home countries.
The program, known as the Central American Minors Program, began in 2014, during the Obama administration, to allow children whose parents were legally in the U.S. to apply for admission, but the Trump administration stopped it.
The Biden administration had been accepting applications only from children with cases that were pending when the program closed.
The Biden administration had embraced the Central American Minors Program as a solution to the record number of unaccompanied children crossing the border, claiming it would encourage children to apply from home rather than make the dangerous journey north.
"We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration," the State Department spokesperson said.
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