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US set to expand family reunification program to additional nationalities – sources

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United States Border Patrol agents on horseback patrol the desert in advance of the planned May 11 ending of COVID-19 border restrictions known as Title 42, that have been in place since 2020, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S. April 26, 2023. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

The United States is set to expand a family reunification parole program currently available to Cubans and Haitians to additional nationalities, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have been discussed as part of the expansion, said one of the sources, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss internal government planning.

Top officials in the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden are set to announce new measures on Thursday to address a possible increase in illegal immigration when COVID-19 border restrictions in place since 2020 are expected to end on May 11.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that an increase of refugee processing for people in Latin America and the Caribbean was expected to be part of the effort.

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