Saturday, August 31, 2019
PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. government took a major step Friday to end a decades-old agreement governing the conditions and length of time in which immigrant children can be held.
Government attorneys have filed a notice requesting that a federal judge dissolve what’s widely known as the Flores settlement agreement.
First signed in 1997, the agreement limits how long children can be in detention to generally 20 days while also spelling out conditions. Prior to the agreement, for example, immigrant youths who traveled to the U.S. without a parent were detained with adults of the opposite sex.
The Flores agreement has been a focal point of President Donald Trump’s calls to reduce immigration. His administration says it’s a loophole that encourages families to migrate north.