This Week: A Trump Administration Plan Would Put Asylum-Seeking Kids In Jail Longer
The Trump administration has introduced another attempt to detain immigrant and asylum-seeking children and families indefinitely in the United States. The effort to codify changes to the Flores Settlement Agreement, which strictly limits the time children can stay in detention facilities, also includes language changing who can “sponsor” unaccompanied minors out of the Department of Homeland Security’s custody. Currently, the list includes siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents. The proposed regulation narrows that down to “parent or legal guardian,” which will inevitably leave more children in government detention for longer. The 200-page proposal contains lots of changes to achieve that end: Longer government detention of kids. An unnamed “senior” Trump administration official published an op-ed in the New York Times claiming to be part of the administration’s “steady state,” without naming any specific policies of the President’s they objected to. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to shed staffers with connections to the white nationalist movement, like the DHS analyst who engaged…
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