Prime Badge
Trump Swamp
weekly primer
September 6, 2018 7:03 p.m.

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…

Weekly Primers are TPM member-only content.

Already a member? SIGN IN

This story is only available for TPM Members. Interested in reading exclusive analysis and reporting from TPM’s award-winning staff?

Sign up now and the first month is just ONE DOLLAR

Join Now For $1
Recent Editions
More Weekly Primers
Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Newswriter:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: