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2,714 Refugees Left in Limbo by Trump Win U.S. Judge's Reprieve

U.S. Customs And Border Patrol Agents Patrol Newly Active NM Borderlands

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The Trump administration must come up with a plan for 2,714 Central American children and family members who were left in limbo -- some facing life-threatening danger -- when the government in 2017 abruptly ended a program designed to offer them safe passage to reunite with their relatives already living in the U.S.

A federal judge concluded Friday the government provided no reason -- other than arguing it would be a burden on the Department of Homeland Security -- why it shouldn’t process applications for children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who’d already been conditionally cleared to travel to the U.S. before the administration mass-rescinded the approvals in August 2017.