The President Barack Obama administration is expanding a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to enter the U.S.
The U.S. will work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office, which will conduct initial screenings to establish whether migrants may qualify as refugees.
Yet fellow politician Hillary Clinton has hit back against Obama’s immigration raids, extraditing hundreds of Central Americans residing in the U.S. during the past year.
“Our efforts to apply such immigration laws should be appropriate and humane, for this reason, raids being carried out in immigrant communities must be stopped,” she commented.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) enero 12, 2016
Obama’s new program has not been well received by opposing political parties and human rights groups. During the last week alone 141 immigrants residing in the states of Texas, Georgia and North Carolina will now face deportation, a result of Obama’s ongoing raids.
The U.S. could once again be facing an immigration crisis as millions of immigrants, including minors, from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have been stopped at the U.S. – Mexico border. Obama’s administration faced mass criticism during 2014 after some 11 million immigrants were found to be illegally residing in the U.S., prompting a crisis.