The administration is expected to announce TODAY a new regulation that would allow for the detention of migrant families beyond the 20-day limit for holding children.The regulation seeks to replace the so-called Flores Settlement Agreement, which requires that migrant children not be held in federal custody longer than 20 days. The Trump administration has complained the detention time limit set by the agreement forces them to either release the immigrant families together or separate them -- an area of significant controversy. Key provisions of the agreement also dictate minimum standards of care of immigrants in detention.
A separate administration official says the basic idea is "to restore integrity through the process" because families could exploit the loophole, with the understanding that if they make it to the US as a family unit they'll be released soon.
The official says that there will be provisions under the rule for parole and bonding out that are "very lenient." The families who are not released will be held at family residential centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement throughout the parent's immigration proceedings.
We MUST demand no more inhumane treatment of immigrants.