October 1, 2018
The Trump Administration has sought to change specific provisions of the settlement to allow the government to detain children longer, particularly in response to the pushback the administration faced when it began separating families at the border. In June, it asked a judge for permission to stop obeying parts of the agreement, but the judge denied the government’s request. On September 7th, the administration tried to get out of the Flores settlement agreement again by issuing proposed regulations to try to replace the agreement. These regulations would give the administration power to detain children indefinitely and to potentially deny them food and care when they need it most.
Learn more about why the administration is proposing new regulations to the Flores Agreement.