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Was Trump Right to End Program For Central American Youths?

by Countable | 8.18.17

What’s the story?

The Trump administration is shuttering an Obama-era program that allowed certain at-risk Central American minors to live in the United States. On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally announced it was terminating the Central American Minors (CAM) program, which had granted temporary legal residence to nearly 3,000 people. As CNN reported, this means that the 2,714 "minors who had been in limbo as the program was being evaluated will now not be unable to come to the US, not counting the people who would have applied if it continued."

Why does it matter?

President Obama established the "CAM parole" program in 2014 in response to a large influx of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As explained by CNN, the “program had allowed children under the age of 21 with parents lawfully living in the U.S. to be automatically considered for parole to live in the U.S. if they did not qualify for refugee protections but were still at risk of harm.” Nearly 3,000 minors had earned conditional approval to enter the U.S. Now that the CAM program is terminated, DHS will begin notifying families that the minors who’ve been approved entry will have to reapply through other immigration channels.

In addition, the Washington Post stated, "1,465 minors already in the United States under the CAM program will not be allowed to renew their status and must go through other means to try to extend their stays."

Lisa Frydman, a VP at Kids in Need of Defense, condemned the decision, telling the Post, "Our concern is that the administration is completely abandoning these children and leaving them in a real situation of immediate danger."

The right-leaning think-tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), however, stated that the United States’ "job isn't, or at least shouldn't be, to invite the world across our threshold, ruining our own economy and damaging the lives and well-being of our citizenry in the process. It is to help the citizens of those countries live well and decently in their cultures and societies. CAM did nothing to achieve that goal, and its demise is no loss."

What do you think?

Should the Trump administration reconsider shuttering the CAM program? Or was it, as CIS suggested, damaging our economy and the well-being of our citizenry?

Tell us in the comments, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think.

—Josh Herman

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  • Diana
    08/18/2017
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    As usual The Blotus and his minions demonstrate a cold heart and a racist stance. He is unfit and should be removed. When is Paul Ryan going to grow a pair?!?

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  • Andy1
    08/18/2017
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    More bigotry and xenophobia from our gutter president. Get him out of office now!

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  • Christine
    08/18/2017
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    djt is not right about anything.

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  • Jose
    08/18/2017
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    Sellfish president makes sellfish citizens.

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  • Lillie
    08/19/2017
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    Normally I would take a tough stand on immigration but this sounds like a humane approach to a small number of young people that need help and protection. I say give these young people a chance

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  • Lawrence
    08/18/2017
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    This is another heartless act by the President and his Administration.

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  • Judith
    08/18/2017
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    THIS IS CHOICE !!! TRUMP, AND HIS TERRORIST SUPPORTERS "THAT PUT HIM IN OFFICE", (CAN'T FORGET THEM !!!) YOYO A BUNCH OF REFUGEE KIDS THAT HIKED HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF MILES ALONE, TO THROW THEMSELVES ON OUR DOORSTEP FOR HELP !!!! PAUL RYAN GROW A PAIR !!!!! COMMIT THIS WANA BE DICTATOR, SO CALLED PRESIDENT, TRUMP AND HIS CABINET FOR STANDING WITH HIM, INTO AN INSANE ASYLUM !!! THOSE REFUGEE KIDS HAVE MORE JUEVOS THAN YOU DO, ON A GOOD DAY !!!!!

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  • Karen
    08/18/2017
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    President Trump is totally correct. These are illegal aliens who must be deported immediately. Many are MS-13 gang members who pretended to be persecuted.

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  • Marilyn
    08/18/2017
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    Yes, we have to shut down our borders.

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  • James
    08/18/2017
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    this man has no moral compass - he is totally incapable of seeing anything past his own self interest - what kind of man can stand at the podium, spewing his disgusting response to the neo-nazi rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, and go from there directly to how he owns the "biggest and best winery in the country in VA - if he can't even speak out against the horrible rhetoric directed at his #1 child's husband, why would we expect him to care about Central American Youth - what a pitiful example of humanity he is

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  • Jerry
    08/18/2017
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    Illegal is illegal. Obama had no right to circumvent the law.

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  • Blackhawk.U.S.Army.Vet
    08/19/2017
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    We have every legal right under our constitution to stop these non productive programs. Close our boarders to all illegal immigrants young or old period. The country that host or allow illegals to travel to their boarder (Mexico) should be responsible.

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  • Norm
    08/19/2017
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    The lackluster President just lost another opportunity to connect with folks from another country.

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  • Laurel
    08/18/2017
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    I am lucky to have supportive parents who will love and aid me. These children won't have any access to the love and support of their parents now. The risk of them getting into hazardous situations are now even higher. They'll try to do anything to be able to survive, because they no longer have a home. They need a stable environment to thrive and to become well informed and intelligent adults. Now it will be an even bigger struggle for them to have a good life, because they no longer have a home. So no I do not agree with this decree.

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  • Loraki
    08/19/2017
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    I support President Trump 100% in this! Central American (and other) countries need to take care of their own people! Obama is, like all DemoCommies, completely wedded to the globalist open borders agenda; he cares nothing about our national sovereignty or national security.

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  • DGirlinTX
    08/18/2017
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    In a word, "Yes!"

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  • Ticktock
    08/18/2017
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    So we're turning our backs on children now. Sounds like the Christian thing to do. I bet Trump pulls the wings off flies on Good Friday. If he's an example of good Christian I want no part of it.

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  • Deirdre
    08/18/2017
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    He is wrong once again. Children should be given the chance.

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  • Matthew
    08/18/2017
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    The Manchurian is rarely, very, very rarely right about anything. So no he is not right about this.

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  • Kathy
    08/18/2017
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    Yes over half where joining Gang and doing Criminal Acts in our Country.

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