New Reunification Program Allows Migrants to Join Their Family in the United States

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El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz, the U.S. bishops’ conference migration committee chair, applauded the federal government for its new migrant family reunification program, but simultaneously cautioned that comprehensive immigration reform from Congress remains the only sustainable path forward.

The family reunification program, implemented by the Department of Homeland Security July 7, allows qualified nationals from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to join their family in the United States and be considered for parole on a case-by-case basis for a period of up to three years while they wait to apply to become a lawful permanent resident.

The Tablet’s John Lavenburg joins Currents News to talk more about the new program and what it all means.