The Trump Administration is moving to remove custody limits on migrant children.
“Migrant families who cross the southern border of the US illegally could be detained indefinitely under a new regulation announced by the Trump administration.
It replaces an agreement that set a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody.
The move was announced by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and is due to come into effect in 60 days . . .
It aims to replace a decades-old court agreement – known as the Flores settlement – that both limited how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive.
A 2015 legal ruling on this issue specified that children should be held for no more than 20 days.
Under the new rules, the government could send families caught crossing the border illegally to family residential centers for the duration of their their immigration cases.
President Trump has repeatedly complained about the ‘catch and release’ of migrant families under the old rules.”
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