Advocates Say Trump’s Flores Rule Change is ‘a Call for the Mass Internment of Children’
The Trump administration is expected to formally release new regulations Friday that would remove time limits on how long the federal government can detain migrant children. The new rules would end the 1997 Flores agreement which prevents the government from keeping detained minors in immigration custody for more than 20 days, whether they’re with their families or traveling alone.
Federal Policy May Strip Legal Protection from Kids Crossing Border Alone
A new policy from the federal agency that detains unaccompanied, undocumented children has sparked questions about their ability to obtain fair legal representation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 5 that unaccompanied minors may not be held in immigration detention without a bond hearing, but the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is now grappling with how to represent these juveniles in court.
California Lawyer Refuses to Allow Trump Immigration Policies to Keep Youth ‘Locked in Cages’
In 2014, Holly Cooper received a phone call from an unnamed source warning her about the conditions of the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center. The Sacramento-area facility was originally built to house youth convicted of crimes, but was now also receiving federal dollars to serve as an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelter for undocumented, unaccompanied minors.
Federal Court Judge Calls on Trump Administration to Improve ‘Deplorable’ Conditions for Children Detained at the Border
On Tuesday, a United States District Court judge ruled that facility conditions and procedures in place at family detention centers at the border violate a 20-year-old court settlement that guarantees the rights of immigrant children.