White House ending program protecting Central American minors

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The White House is ending a program created to protect Central American minors escaping their native countries.

The Central American Minors (CAM) Parole program was created in 2014 by former President Barack Obama. It was established after hundreds of unaccompanied minors crossed over the border illegally.

Perla Lopez, a youth representative for Make the Road, an immigrant coalition group, tells News 12 that many of those children would be in danger if forced to return to their home countries.

Bitta Mostofi, assistant commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, says 3,000 more people are still waiting to be processed through the CAM program and calls its demise a bad policy.

"It is, from our perspective, a bad policy decision and one that is negative towards the national security of this country," Mostofi says.

She urges anyone who is waiting for their applications to be processed or is part of the CAM program to speak with an immigration attorney as soon as possible.

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