U.S. to Allow “Caregivers” for CentAm Kids to Request Asylum

FOX NEWS LATINO — Washington – The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will permit Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans living legally in this country to request asylum for their children and for people they are “caregivers” for – older siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents – and it will also cooperate with Costa Rica to allow entry for the most urgent cases.

The measures are part of an expansion of the U.S. program for Central American Minors announced in 2014 and which to date has permitted only 267 children and teens from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to come to this country despite the fact that asylum requests have skyrocketed in the past nine months.

“Our current efforts to date have been insufficient to address the number of people who may have legitimate refugee claims,” said deputy Homeland Security adviser Amy Pope in a conference call announcing the changes.

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