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Court settlement paves way to reunite Central American children with parents in U.S.

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16:33 13-04-2019
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 The Trump administration has agreed to allow approximately 2,700 children living in Central America to be reunited with their parents in the United States under a court settlement announced on Friday, according to court documents, Euronews reports.

The settlement follows a lawsuit that challenged a decision in 2017 by President Donald Trump's administration to shut down a programme that allowed children living in Central America to be reunited with parents residing legally in the United States.

The Central American Minors programme, which began in 2014, allowed parents living legally in the United States to request refugee status for their children residing in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Many of the parents are in the United States under the so-called temporary protected status, which allows immigrants from countries that have suffered natural disasters, civil conflicts or other problems to stay in the United States.

Last month, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco ordered the government to resume processing children who had been conditionally approved for the programme when it was terminated by the Trump administration.

The settlement, which must be approved by a judge, requires the government to finish processing children who were in the final stages of their applications when the programme was ended, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which represented the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

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