Administration denies status to young immigrants due to age

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, Salvadoran migrant Cesar Jobet, right, and Daniel Jeremias Cruz, hide from U.S. border agents, after...
In this Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, a Honduran youth jumps from the U.S. border fence in Tijuana, Mexico.  Some immigrant youth looking to star...
FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file pool photo, a U.S. Border Patrol officer checks on detainees held in the juveniles 15 and up area at the McAllen Bo...
FILE - In this June 17, 2018 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of ille...
FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a form...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, Salvadoran migrant Cesar Jobet, right, and Daniel Jeremias Cruz, hide from U.S. border agents, after...

In this Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, a Honduran youth jumps from the U.S. border fence in Tijuana, Mexico. Some immigrant youth looking to star...

FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file pool photo, a U.S. Border Patrol officer checks on detainees held in the juveniles 15 and up area at the McAllen Bo...

FILE - In this June 17, 2018 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of ille...

FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a form...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they're too old.

A program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants who flee abusive parents seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the United States.

It requires them to file paperwork before age 21.

But the U.S. government has said some applicants are too old to qualify once they turn 18, arguing a state court can't provide the necessary approvals to immigrants that age.

Immigrant advocates have sued in New York and California, and say hundreds of young people could be affected.

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Hajela reported from New York.