The Trump administration is making it harder for kids fleeing violence to come to the U.S. legally
Even as Donald Trump abuses his office by using the federal government to bring in more foreign workers to staff his various resorts and thus line his pockets, he’s now also making it harder for Central American children who are fleeing gang violence in their home countries to come legally to the U.S., even if they already have parents here:
As of Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security is ending a program begun in 2014 that gave some children and young adults who had failed to qualify for refugee status permission to enter the United States to live and work on a temporary basis, known as parole.
The agency said it was doing so in response to President Trump’s January executive order on immigration, which directed officials to exercise much more selectively their authority to admit immigrants outside normal legal channels. The Trump administration has also tried to hold back the high tide of young Central American migrants by intensifying immigration enforcement within the country and even seeking out their parents who are in the United States illegally, and arresting them.
Humanitarian experts who have been helping Central American refugees say that Trump’s effort stands to instead fuel the human smuggling trade—something “Trump has vowed to dismantle”—by making it harder for children and other vulnerable populations to come here legally. And, it will mean more senseless deaths of innocents.
“It is not a surprise, but it is a disgrace,” said Lisa Frydman, a leader with Kids in Need of Defense. “This is the Trump administration completely turning its back on Central American children, slamming the door on them.”