Family Reunification Disguised as Refugee Resettlement

CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES — The constant flows of unaccompanied minors from Central America illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the United States have been met with rather welcoming measures by this administration. After trying to fit them under the trafficking umbrella, the U.S. government opted to treat these children as potential refugees. Given the limited scope of the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program, new mechanisms are being developed with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to process these children in the region and then fly them directly to the United States. The question remains: Why bring these “child refugees” here since UNHCR, among others, stresses family reunion or placement in a family from the child’s own culture? Unless, of course, family members are already in the United States and this entire process is nothing but a disguised vehicle for family reunification.

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A recurring immigration topic is the southern “border crisis” and its constant flows of unaccompanied childrenfrom Central America coming into the United States illegally.1 The influx of children reached peak levels during the summer of 2014. From 8,000 in FY 2008, the number of apprehended unaccompanied alien children (UACs) grew to 69,000 in FY 2014. After a slowdown last year (around 40,000 apprehended), border officials are expecting significant increases throughout FY 2016 and into FY 2017 (up to 75,000, if not more). According to DHS,the number of UACs coming across the border almost doubled in FY 2016 compared to the same period in FY 2015.2 (See Figure 1.)

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