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I'll say is an immigrant living in New York who asked that we not use his full name or show his face because he entered the country illegally and is immigration case is pending , he fled Honduras when he was seventeen years old he says he was looking for a better life for himself and eventually his siblings and his mother but he also said his father was an abusive drunk who beat him with a whip and his mother with a pistol he hired a smuggler to bring into United States where he was detained by border agents and released ahead of deportation proceedings now Jose is hoping to qualify for a special status for juvenile immigrants who flee abuse abandonment or neglect one that could award him a green card a simple tool , %HESITATION moon brotherhood the the thought a panhandle they come walking on the phone for a moment of the thirty fundamental if you guys a little lamb but obtaining special immigrant juvenile status is getting much harder reduces founded the trump administration appears to be throwing up hurdles to applications like Jose's Michael Rosenberg covers immigration the data that we found it shows that there was a huge increase in the number of what are called requests for evidence which means that the government is basically asking for additional paper work %HESITATION to approve these applications so in two thousand sixteen before trump took office in that fiscal year there was about three hundred and forty of these requests and then the following year in two thousand seventeen that jumped over four thousand so was really an astronomical jump and lawyers just say that they've been flooded with with these requests , the safe passage project in New York is a non profit that provides lawyers pro bono immigrant and refugee children facing deportation and helps them navigate these growing requests for evidence also called R. F. ease it was the exact same language in every are iffy %HESITATION that essentially seem to be creating a procedural obstacle that the government was intentionally trying to slow down to find administrative road blocks %HESITATION from helping these children find safety and security data obtained by Reuters show the number of requests for evidence searched in the first year trump took office a spokesperson for US citizenship and immigration services said the agency evaluates every petition on a case by case basis in a statement the spokesman said request for evidence help cut down on frivolous claims the special immigrant juvenile program was meant to protect kids but it's getting subsumed into the larger debate about who gets to come to this country and how the applications for these visas really exploded in recent years of with the surge of unaccompanied minors coming from Central America so critics of the program think that it's become too permissive and that people are applying who really don't deserve it %HESITATION while advocates say this is only one of the few avenues that %HESITATION the kids from Central America from other places fleeing violence situations have to stay permanently and safely in the United States because he filed his application in twenty seventeen year later the government formally issue to deny now twenty two years old he hopes his appeal will be successful