On Tuesday reporter Ryan Girdusky broke the news that the Trump Administration was going to announce a major change to the Flores Agreement on Wednesday.
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– Trump's establishing a national standards for family housing that will mandate alien families can be held together during immigration proceedings.
– this will protect children's welfare by closing loopholes used by human smugglers
– THE GOVERNMENT IS TERMINATING FLORES
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) August 20, 2019
On Wednesday Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced in a press conference that the Trump administration will scrap the Flores Agreement and end the limits on the detention of migrant families.
FOX News reported:
The Trump administration announced Wednesday it would move to scrap a major court agreement in order to allow for migrant families to be detained longer as their cases are being considered, instead of having to release them after 20 days.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, in a press conference detailing the decision, claimed that the long-standing court order known as the Flores agreement has incentivized illegal immigration and represents a “loophole” in the immigration system.
That agreement prohibited children from being kept in detention for more than 20 days. As a result, officials were releasing entire families to keep them from being separated.