As Family Detention Expands, Attys Look To Alternatives

Law360 (September 14, 2018, 7:30 PM EDT) -- As the Trump administration gears up to expand detention of immigrant families, attorneys are calling attention to alternatives that could be less restrictive and more cost-effective and still ensure that respondents appear for immigration court proceedings.

The Trump administration had proposed a rule on Sept. 6 to vacate a 1997 federal consent decree known as the Flores settlement agreement, allowing 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 rule was issued in response to President Donald Trump’s June executive order directing his administration to...

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