Trump Administration Wants to Hold Migrant Children Indefinitely

Bianey Reyes (C) and others protest the separation of children from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center, an immigration detention facility, at the Mexican border on June 19, 2018 in El Paso, Texas.

Published August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON  — The Trump Administrartion on Wednesday announced it will end the Flores agreement, a federal court agreement that forbids migrant children being kept in detention centers in the United States longer than 20 days. Many of the children currently being held at the U.S. southern border are indigenous tribes of Central America.

This change will allow migrant families held indefinitely.“Today, the government has issued a critical rule that will permit the Department of Homeland Security to appropriately hold families together and improve the integrity of the immigration system,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said in a statement Wednesday.

“This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress and ensures that all children in U.S. government custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability.”

Even with such rhetoric, during the past year, six migrant children have died while in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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