Trump Adminstration To Allow Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Families is being contemplated. According to CNN in Washington, Trump Administration announced a proposal on Wednesday to detain undocumented families together indefinitely, this also means replacing the agreement that set a 20-day limit for holding children, this would discourage migrants from coming to the US, Trump said. Undocumented women and children being released from ICE custody were seen walking to a bus station in San Antonio in order to continue their journey.
Trump Adminstration To Allow Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Families
The rule, unveiled by Kevin McAleena, acting Homeland Security Secretary, is part of the administration’s aggressive effort to revamp immigration laws as there is increase in the number of families and unaccompanied minors now illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.
In recently months, Trump administration has proposed rules that could make it harder for immigrants to obtain green cards, worked to end temporary protected status for migrants from certain countries and limit avenues to declare asylum.
On Wednesday, Trump said he’s concerned about the number of undocumented children who are attempting to travel into the United States, saying the new rule will help to keep families together. “I have the children on my mind. It bothers me very greatly,” Trump said.
However, President Trump reasserted his false claim that the previous President Barack Obama was the person responsible for family separations, although, it was the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that led to thousands of children being separated from their parents after illegally crossing the border.
Trump said at the white house, “I am responsible for keeping the families together. With what we’re doing now, we’ll do even more of that, but it will make it almost impossible for people to come into our country illegally”.
In line with the Flores settlement, the government is expected to release a minor from a non-licensed facility as expeditiously as possible, which has been set at 20 days.
In a news conference on Wednesday, McAleenan said, “By closing this key loophole in Flores, the new rule will restore integrity to our immigration system and eliminate the major pull factor fueling the crisis”.
In an interview with a DHS official, he argued that the proposal would give the government new licensing authority, allowing the use of either a state license or Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention standards, which means families can be kept longer than 20 days.
Certainly, the regulation is bound to face Legal challenges and must be examined by the judge who oversees the Flores settlement. This will be effective 60 days after it is formally published later this week, barring other legal delays.
About The Flores Settlement which the Trump Administration Has Moved To End
According to the president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Peter Schey, Attorneys for migrant children detained by the government has plan to file a brief with US District Judge Dolly Gee, arguing that the regulations has failed to implement the settlement and therefore should be blocked.
“This effort puts on full display President Trump’s callous indifference to the health and safety, indeed even the lives, of detained minor children, the administration’s plan is certainly to detain migrant children as long as it wishes without adhering to “well-established standards for the conditions of confinement of minors.” Schey said.
Madhuri Grewal, policy counsel for the America Civil Liberties Union added that, ” This is another cruel attack on children, who the Trump administration has again and again with its anti-migrant policies. The government should not be jailing kids, and certainly shouldn’t be seeking to put kids in jail for longer”.
Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers blasted the proposal, “the cruelty of the Trump administration knows no bounds, make no mistake: this new rule is about letting President Trump and Stephen Miller keep children in awful conditions for longer periods of time and continue the administration’s horrid treatment of innocent migrant families fleeing unthinkable hardship,” Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader said in a statement
Family residential centers
In a bid to respond to questions on the new rule will be rolled out, McAleenan acknowledged that the administration may likely face litigation and that they hope to implement it as soon as possible which could only mean to eliminate the Flores settlement agreement. “We won’t be detaining any family unit that arrives starting tomorrow,” says McAleenan. He also added that there are three family residential centers with what he described as “campus-like settings” with educational, medical and private housing facilities.
“The facilities that we will be using to temporarily house families under this rule are appropriately, fundamentally different than the facilities where migrants are processed following apprehension or encounter at the border,” McAleenan said.