-Summary/Reaction to the Article: The article details an expansion of an already existed program that allows unaccompanied minors to come to the US as refugees and then allows their families to be legally allowed as caregivers. The program is designed to help Central American refugees and since the program began two years ago, there have been 9,500 applicants. In addition, Costa Rica has agreed to be host sites to help refugees from Central American countries go through their first security screenings. Trump and the Republicans are opposed to this policy and believe the Obama administration is “misusing authority.”
-US History Connection: This article relates to the Refugee Act of 1980. In 1980, the US created a new category of immigrants who could be allowed into the US due to fear for their lives if they remain in their home country. The current policy with Central American refugees is simply a continuation of the original goals of the refugee program.
-Question for Discussion: How might the US continue to admit refugees into the country in the future? Should the focus be on admitting children and families? Should the US focus on specific regions that need assistance?