THOUSANDS MORE ON THE WAY: Obama Will Once Again Expand the Refugee Program

THOUSANDS MORE ON THE WAY: Obama Will Once Again Expand the Refugee Program

Illegal immigration has continued to be a huge problem, with thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border from Central America. In response, Obama just announced that he is expanding the refugee program.


From TheBlaze:

The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States amid another surge of migrants caught crossing the border illegally.

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White House Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Amy Pope said Tuesday that the administration will expand in-country refugee processing for families coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and launch an effort to temporarily relocate some families facing the greatest threats to Costa Rica.

The government is also broadening a nearly two-year-old program to allow some Central American children to reunite with parents already legally living in the United States.

Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that program will now allow some unmarried siblings, in-country parents and other caregivers to move to the U.S. with a child approved for the program.

The efforts are designed in part to combat the crush of tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally this year. But it is unclear how quickly the expanded efforts may impact the flow of immigrants trying to make their way to the United States illegally.

… In January, the administration first announced that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees would pre-screen would-be refugee families. U.S. officials will now handle more in-country processing for those families.

Pope said refugee programs in Central America are being expanded because “current efforts to date haven’t been sufficient.” The new programs, she said, are designed to help “promote safe and orderly immigration and border security.”

Pope said it is unclear how many families and children may benefit from the enhanced programs but officials expect requests for help to steadily increase as the programs get underway in the coming months.

Provided that these refugees are being properly screened, then there shouldn’t be any issue with allowing these refugees to come here. Part of solving the issue of illegal immigration is streamlining the process for people to immigrate here legally, so this is one time where it doesn’t seem we can criticize Obama too much.

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