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US ends program for minors fleeing violence

Thursday, August 17, 2017


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval.

The government said it was ending the practice of granting parole under the Central American Minors, which was offered to children even if they had been denied refugee status. The program started at the end of 2014 under the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Source: Reuters