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Trump Administration Launches Plan to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children

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In a stunning escalation, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

The proposed termination of what’s known as the Flores agreement is President Donald Trump’s most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

“No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told reporters in a press conference Wednesday morning. “This action by the administration is just one part of our overall effort, but it’s an essential one.”

Under the new regulations, set to go into effect 60 days from this Friday pending the approval of a federal judge, the Trump administration would formally abolish the Flores agreement’s key standard of care: a 20-day limit on holding children in immigration detention. While McAleenan stated that “there is no intent to hold families for a long period of time,” the rule change would allow for families to be held in detention indefinitely, pending a final ruling on their case.

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