Saturday, September 8, 2018

Trump Administration Wants to Detain Migrant Children Longer

Photo: mike blake/Reuters
Proposal would allow families to be kept together throughout their legal proceedings, officials say
The Trump administration said Thursday it wants to effectively end a decades-old policy that bars long-term detention for immigrant children when families are arrested for trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services officials said they want an end to the so-called Flores agreement, a 1997 court settlement that prevents authorities from detaining children for more than 20 days.
The proposal, announced as a rule change in the Federal Register, signals that officials are looking for ways to detain families together until their immigration cases are decided amid the administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal border-crossers.
The proposal is almost certain to face legal challenges. The administration earlier this year asked a federal judge in California to let officials detain families together beyond the 20-day limit and was denied.
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