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The administration said Thursday it intends to enter into the Federal Register new regulations that would allow it to hold families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border indefinitely, for the duration of their immigration proceedings—a period that could last years.
Gitmo for childrenhttps://t.co/wwYr7UttJQ
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 6, 2018
This was the crux of Trump’s executive order falsely claiming to end family separation: another naked attempt to dismantle the Flores settlement and create
“Locking up children indefinitely is cruel and heartless, even for the Trump administration,” CREDO Action campaign manager Nicole Regalado said in a statement. “It is nothing less than an assault on child safety and fundamental human dignity.”
The proposal flies in the face of the Flores settlement, decided in 1997 and reaffirmed in 2015, which states that immigrant children cannot be held in federal detention for longer than 20 days and that they must not be held in “jail-like” settings.