>> The Trump Administration in recent weeks has taken a range of new actions to stop illegal immigration, like ending the Dreamers Program, the Obama era measure that allowed young children brought to the U.S. to stay in the country without fear of deportation. But there are several other new proposals that target children that have gotten far less publicity.
Reuters immigration correspondent Mica Rosenberg has the analysis.>> They've ended a program for Central American minors applying for asylum in the United States abroad. And they're also increasing the scrutiny of special visas, for children who have been abused and neglected, once they're in the United States. The administration says that these measures are needed because there's been a huge increase in the number of children who've crossed the border illegally.
And also they say the system is being exploited by lawyers who are using the programs, to benefit children who it shouldn't benefit, and they also say that there's problems with fraud. Immigration advocates though say that these policies are really going after the most vulnerable. And children who have come to the United States often by themselves, need special protections and legal system once they're here.
And that it's very difficult for them to maneuver the difficult process of the immigration courts.>> Candidate Trump ran on a promise to crack down on immigration. That message grew stronger this week after an immigrant carried out a terrorist attack in New York city.>> Unaccompanied alien minors.
>> Some of Trump's messaging on child immigrants reflects the same security concerns. In a speech last summer Trump said, some alien minors were responsible for gang related crime in the United States.>> A MS-13related violence.