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Trump to move to expand detentions of migrant families

by Ted Hesson, Politico, August 2019

The Trump administration plans to release a regulation Wednesday aiming to make it easier to keep migrant families locked up together for long periods of time, according to a former Homeland Security Department official familiar with the move.

The final rule, which will likely require court approval before it becomes effective, outlines standards for the care of migrant children and families in the custody of federal immigration authorities. It aims to change licensing requirements for family detention centers and remove a 20-day limit on the detention of children set by a judge enforcing the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, according to a draft version released in September 2018.

The Trump administration contends the new regulation should terminate the court agreement, but the move likely will trigger legal challenges. Click To Tweet

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