Biden expands program for Central American minors, but border challenges persist
by Stephen Loiaconi
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Children and adults wait in lines for donated food at a makeshift camp for migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, May 14, 2021, in Reynosa, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Biden administration has expanded a program allowing some Central American children to apply for resettlement in the United States without leaving their home country, but it is unclear if that change will have much impact on either the strain on federal resources at the southern border or the political burden a surge of migration has created for the White House.


President Joe Biden revived the Obama-era Central American Minors (CAM) program in March, processing applications that were pending when it was shut down by the Trump administration in 2017. Officials announced Tuesday eligibility for the program—which unites children from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with legal guardians living lawfully in the U.S.—would “dramatically expand.”

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