Friday, July 13, 2018

‘Flores’ Judge Demands ‘Catch and Release’ For Migrants Who Bring Children

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Judge Dolly Gee rejected Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request for a revision of the 1997 Flores court settlement and has directed officials to restart catch and release policies for any migrant who crosses the border with a child.
The directive effectively gives pro-migration Democrats more power to block border reforms, even though they have made clear they oppose any reforms of the court-ordered loophole which has encouraged and allowed hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants to seek jobs in the United States.
“Defendants seek to light a match to the Flores Agreement and ask this Court to upend the parties’ agreement by judicial fiat,” declared Judge Dolly Gee, who was nominated by President Barack Obama. “It is apparent that Defendants’ Application is a cynical attempt … to shift responsibility to the Judiciary for over 20 years of Congressional inaction and ill-considered Executive action that have led to the current stalemate.”
The 1997 settlement — including its 2015 update during Obama’s tenure — creates a loophole because it forces officials to release migrants who bring children with them after just 20 days of detention. That deadline leaves insufficient time to process migrants’ demands for asylum, so forcing officials to release them and their children into the United States. Many of the migrants never even pursue their legal claim to asylum and just disappear into the population of illegal immigrants.
Read the rest from Neil Munro HERE.

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