In early 2022, Texas and 14 other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s decision to reopen the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which allows certain children and family members in danger in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to obtain refugee resettlement or humanitarian parole and to safely reunite with a parent or guardian who is lawfully present in the United States.
In March 2022, we moved to intervene in the Texas case on behalf of several parents in the United States who are seeking to reunite or remain united with their children through the CAM Program.
In May 2022, the Texas court granted our motion and allowed two of the CAM parents to intervene as defendants. This means the parents are allowed to make arguments and present evidence in defense of the CAM Program, just as the federal government defendants are allowed to do.
IRAP previously represented CAM families challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of the CAM Parole program and won a settlement that requires the government to reopen and process 2,700 CAM cases.
Haynes & Boone, LLP is local counsel in this litigation.
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May 27, 2022
U.S. District Court in Texas Allows Affected Families to Defend the Central American Minors (CAM) Program
Yesterday, a federal court in Texas granted, in part, the intervention motion filed in March by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on behalf of several families hoping to reunite via the Central American Minors (CAM) Program. The ruling means that the court will allow two of the families to defend the CAM Program against the legal challenge filed by 15 states attempting to shut down the program.
March 14, 2022 States’ Amended ComplaintView Document +
March 22, 2022 Motion to InterveneView Document +
March 23, 2022 Declarations in support of Motion to InterveneView Document +
April 11, 2022 States’ Opposition to Intervention MotionView Document +
April 11, 2022 Federal Government’s Opposition to Intervention MotionView Document +
April 22, 2022 Reply in support of Intervention MotionView Document +
May 26, 2022 Court Order Granting Intervention MotionView Document +