Immigration Law

U.S. to Offer Refugee Status to Some Central American Children

"The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States.  U.S. officials say parents can ask authorities free of charge for refugee status for their children in the Central American countries, which are plagued by poverty and vicious gang violence.  The program does not apply to minors who have arrived in the U.S. illegally.  Vice President Joe Biden is set to announce program later Friday at the Inter-American Development Bank, where the presidents of the three Central American countries will present a plan to stem child migration from their countries." - Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press, Nov. 14, 2014.