Trump Proposal Would Give Detention Centers A Loose Leash

By Nicole Narea (September 12, 2018, 9:58 PM EDT) -- Attorneys said that the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate a decades-old settlement agreement that established bedrock protections for immigrant children in custody would not only vastly expand family detention, but also fail to impose oversight holding detention centers accountable.

The administration's proposed rule, announced Sept. 6, would vacate a 1997 federal consent decree known as the Flores settlement agreement and allow the administration to detain children with their parents for the entire duration of their criminal or immigration proceedings, which often last months or years. The government asserted that families must be able to be detained together on a wide scale...

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