During the 1980s, political instability and violence drove tens of thousands of central Americans to seek asylum in the United States. These new influxes of El Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Guatemalans lacked family connections and were initially categorized as economic migrants and denied asylum. Many were detained for years, sparking widespread human rights protests and legal suits, most notably the American Baptist Churches v. Thornburg of 1991 which required reconsideration of asylum petitions. NACARA allowed for the suspension or cancellation of removal of eligible nationals from El Salvador, Guatemala, and the former Soviet-Bloc countries, along with their spouses and children, who entered the U.S. no later than the fall of 1990.
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