It is painful to watch thousands of unaccompanied minors be warehoused at border processing centers. Worse yet, the government expects another 200,000 unaccompanied minors to arrive in the next 15 months. In short, we are only 20% into this humanitarian crisis.
Let’s take the following actions now: create and launch a 50,000 CAFTA/U.S. study abroad visa program.
Here’s how it would work:
(1) Reprogram $500 million dollars of the $2 billion dollar emergency request for a CAFTA/U.S. study abroad program. According to the United States constitution, minors are entitled to free public education.
(2) $250 application fee; refundable if visa is denied. Waivers are available upon request and qualifications. Reason for application fee: youths are paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to travel and cross into the United States
(3) Allocate 20,000 middle school and 30,000 high school study abroad visas in the first year. With $500M and 50,000 visas, the federal government will allocate $10,000 per participant for program related costs.
(4) Allow 15-year-old and older students to work part-time in the evenings and the weekends.
(5) Visa duration is between 6 to 24 months.
(6) Students must already have at least one relative living legally in U.S.
(7) High school must be within area of relative.
(8) High school cost reimbursement program drawdowns from $500 million dollars program funding.
(9) Minors can only apply from their home countries.
(10) Persons under the age of 18 with tattoos are ineligible.