WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced today regulations that aim to undermine the decades-old Flores agreement that provides basic protections for immigrant children detained by the government. The regulations are expected to face immediate legal challenges, including in Flores itself.
Madhuri Grewal, American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel, said:
“This is yet another cruel attack on children, who the Trump administration has targeted again and again with its anti-immigrant policies. The government should not be jailing kids, and certainly shouldn’t be seeking to put more kids in jail for longer. Congress must not fund this.”
The news comes as the Department of Homeland Security has notified Congress of its plans to once again take money from other agencies to further expand ICE’s resources and capacity for enforcement and detention.
The ACLU mobilized its supporters to submit over 20,000 comments to the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services against dismantling protections for children in detention.