Whitehouse says key to change at the border begins with Congress
Whitehouse says the key to change at the border begins with Congress
Hogan Gidley, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary spoke outside the white house Monday saying one of the ways Congress can be the key to making "massive changes along the southern border is to Amend the Flores settlement agreement.
The separation of Children at the Border is not a policy originating from the trump Administration.
It gained media notoriety recently because of the blatant bias against President Trump. But the process originates from the Flores
Settlement Agreement. It addresses the issue of unaccompanied minors and the Children of Adults who were taken into custody.
The Flores Agreement has been in play since 1997 and was the result of a 1987 California Case Flores v Reno.
The class-action lawsuit ended in a stipulated settlement agreement outlining standards for the detention and release of unaccompanied minors taken into the custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
The Flores settlement requires that minors in INS custody must be housed in facilities that meet certain standards, including state standards for housing and care of dependent children.
This administration inherited the current flawed policies that have created the crisis at our southern border. If we want to fix the problem the policies need to change.
With the resignation of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson, The White House says Kevin McAleenan stepping in as acting Secretary and working with Congress could help facilitate much-needed changes in policy.
McAleenan has helped shape many of the administration's policies to date and is considered highly competent by congressional leaders, the White House, and Homeland Security officials.
It's unclear if Kevin McAleenan will have much more of an effect on the issues at the border Than Secretary Nielson did. As long as Politics interferes with legislation, these issues will remain unresolved.