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Today's emergency with child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border is just that: today's emergency.Rescuing children from troubled and war-threatened regions is not new for the U.S. In the early 1960s, a program known as Operation Pedro Pan brought Cuban children to Miami if their families opposed the new revolutionary government.In the 1980s, we brought Amerasians from Vietnam so they would not suffer discrimination due to their parentage.Today, unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing our southern U.S. border in large numbers and asking for protection. Biden's probably right that nothing has changed in Central America, because before the bad guys got involved, fewer children were coming on their own: 6,560 came in 2011; 13,625 in 2012; and 24,668 in 2013; whereas more than 54,000 children have already come in 2014 .First, respect families by allowing parents from El Salvador and Honduras who reside legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status to apply for their minor children to reunite.As precedent, a lottery system has allowed 20,000 Cubans to enter the U.S. annually. The children would enter the U.S. legally through a process managed by the U.S. government.
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