This past summer, The Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy ripped apart immigrant families at the border, shocking America with its cruelty. The administration is now proposing another inhumane practice—jailing immigrant families and children together for indefinite periods of time while their immigration cases are processed. This is not a solution to family separation!
For over 20 years, a settlement agreement (“Flores”) has ensured key safeguards are put in place to ensure the health and safety of immigrant children held in government custody. Recently proposed regulations would dismantle the current standards and allow for the indefinite detention of immigrant children and families, including asylum seekers. Additionally, it makes it more difficult for children to be released from government custody. The increased and prolonged detention of children and families is inhumane, expensive, and contrary to the purpose and spirit of the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement.
Children do not belong behind bars. Replacing family separation with family incarceration will only subject children to more trauma and abuse. You can stop this regulation from becoming finalized. Submit your comment by November 6, 2018.