The Trump administration just unveiled a new plan that has the opposition seeing red. Trump will end the Flores agreement that mandated a 20-day limitation for holding children.
The new rule could allow ICE to hold undocumented families indefinitely. The idea is to hold them until they clear the court system and are either granted asylum or denied it.
The current system allows migrants to enter the country while they wait for their court date with many of them allowed to legally work while they wait.
The rule change, introduced by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, is just one aspect of Trump’s efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigration.
The sad fact is if an undocumented family was allowed to work for a few years while they waited for their day in court they could make more than they could in probably 20 years back home.
This new rule would end that incentive and the Trump administration announced that they believe they can clear cases in 3 months now mostly due to more hires and streamlined procedures.
From The Hill:
“This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress,” acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.
Under the new system, immigrant families could be held for the duration of their court proceedings, which officials claim can be resolved within three months.
The Trump administration has frequently blamed the Flores Agreement for the spike in family border crossings over the last few years, claiming the promise of eventual release creates an incentive to enter the country illegally.
The new rule would establish new standards for conditions in detention centers while simultaneously removing the 20-day maximum detention limit which has existed for decades.
“Large numbers of alien families are entering illegally across the southern border, hoping that they will be released into the interior rather than detained during their removal proceedings,” the two agencies that created the rule, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.
“Promulgating this rule and seeking termination of the FSA [the Flores Agreement] are important steps towards an immigration system that is humane and operates consistently with the intent of Congress.