White House’s new immigration rule protects children from exploitation
The Trump administration is taking action to end a long-standing federal court agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention.
It is a top priority for the Trump administration to end the Flores agreement that requires the U.S. government to have children in the least restrictive environment and to release them as soon as possible, usually about 20 days after detention.
Speaking at a news conference in Washington, DC, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announces the new regulation.
[Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security]:
“The Trump administration has established a new rule to respond to the realities of current immigration flows, a rule based on the principle that families should remain together during immigration proceedings."
McAleenan says, “at the heart of this new rule are two core principles that families should remain together during immigration proceedings and that conditions for care of children must be appropriate. The new rule establishes a high national standard for care of children and families in custody. It allows the government to keep families together for fair and expeditious immigration proceedings, restores integrity to our immigration system and eliminates the incentive for children to be used or exploited to enter the United States."
Under the new ruling, McAleenan says, housing facilities will be improved.
McAleenan says “the new rule will protect children by reducing incentives for adults, including human smugglers, to exploit minors in the dangerous journey to our border, using them to beat the system and be released in the United States."
"No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system, which is why the new rule eliminates the incentive to exploit children as a free ticket, or as one gentleman in Guatemala told me, a passport for migration to the United States."