POLIZETTE — Administration wants to classify unaccompanied minors as refugees, permanently resettle them in U.S.
With the flow of unaccompanied minors along the border on the rise again after a dip in 2015, the Obama administration is preparing to classify them all as refugees to ease their entry into America, according to a new report.
The report, released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, details a border problem that peaked in summer 2014, when tens of thousands of teenagers and younger children from Central America arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border. The Obama administration chose to treat them as the victims of human trafficking under a statute offering greater protection.
The Department of Homeland Security set up a program that would allow the minors to be sent to live temporarily with relatives in the United States. But few have taken advantage of the program — by mid-August, only 3,344 applications had been submitted — because most of the relatives living in the United States are in the country illegally and, therefore, do not meet the eligibility requirements.
Now, the government — working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — is setting up a program that would screen minors for eligibility as refugees. But Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, argued that the administration’s policy rewards illegal immigrants who paid smugglers to escort their children to the border.
“The government is now completing the smuggling process by delivering them to their illegal immigrant families,” he said.
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