The CAM program is a new family reunification program to deter children from the dangerous journey to the United States in an attempt to reunite with a parent residing here. The child must be under 21 years of age, unmarried, a national of Guatemala, El Salvador, or Honduras, and living in his or her country of nationality. Additionally, the child must be either the biological child, step child, or legally adopted child of a parent who is at least 18 years old and who has legal status in the U.S. through a green card, TPS, parole, deferred action (including DACA), deferred enforced departure, OR withholding of removal.
The parent starts the process inside the U.S. by filing an application with the help of a designated resettlement agency. To locate an agency, visit www.wrapsnet.org and search under the "CAM Program" tab for the "R&P Resettlement Affiliate Directory." Within Memphis, the only designated resettlement agency is World Relief Memphis.
The minor will be interviewed by an immigration officer abroad to determine if he or she is a refugee, which means that he or she was persecuted or fears persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Under certain circumstances, if the second parent lives with the child and is currently married to the parent legally present in the United States, the second parent may be added to the application. However, he or she must also be considered a refugee.
If the minor or second parent is denied refugee status, he or she may still be considered for parole for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Parole is less permanent than refugee status, but it does allow entry into the United States and work authorization for typically a two year period. When considering immigration options for your family abroad, be sure to consider the CAM program.