LIVE STREAMING
Children play on the beach on the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Rev Sysyphus via Wikipedia (Public Domain)

Amid backlash over raids, U.S. to take more Central American refugees

However, John Kerry made little mention of Central American refugee crisis in his written remarks on the 2016 foreign policy.

MORE IN THIS SECTION

Berks Shutting Down

November 30th, 2022

AZ Latino impact

November 30th, 2022

Tribes fight Climate Change

November 30th, 2022

Respect for Marriage Act

November 30th, 2022

Undated Ballot Disparity

November 29th, 2022

Senator Casey on immigration

November 29th, 2022

Battle On Plastic Pollution

November 29th, 2022

A Revived Policy

November 29th, 2022

SHARE THIS CONTENT:

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday that the U.S. will admit expand its refugee program in 2016 for Central Americans fleeing violence, the Guardian reports.

The announcement comes amid backlash from Democrats in Congress over President Obama's raids on undocumented families, particularly those fleeing drug-fuelled conflict in Central American countries. The Department of Homeland Security launched a controversial crackdown on those who entered the country in 2014 and have since been denied asylum. Over the holiday season, hundreds of such individuals were rounded up by immigration officials and processed for deportation.

In a speech on foreign policy at the National Defense University in Washington, Kerry said the refugee program expansion will "help vulnerable families and individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and offer them a safe and legal alternative to the dangerous journey that many are tempted to begin, making them at that instant easy prey for human smugglers who have no interest but their own profit."

Let me be very, very clear: We can both maintain the highest security standards and live up to our best traditions as Americans by welcoming those in need of help to our great country. That is who we are. That is what we do. That is how we wrote our history. That’s how we became who we are. And we dare not turn our backs on future people, generations seeking the same set of opportunities. We have the ability to protect ourselves even as we remain a country that welcomes migration.

This will not be a direct application program. Instead, foreign aid agencies will help determine who qualifies for asylum.

For example, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will make referrals for resettlement, but the final decision will be with U.S. government, according to the Guardian. For Central American refugees, the eligibility criteria will be no different than the criteria for other refugees from other regions of the world.

  • LEAVE A COMMENT:

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • REGISTER
  • to comment.
  • LEAVE A COMMENT:

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • REGISTER
  • to comment.
00:00 / 00:00
Ads destiny link