Immigration Institute of the Bay Area statement on Trump administration’s new rule on standard of care for detained migrant children

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Recently, the Trump Administration’s new rule on the standard of care for migrant children in government custody was published to the Federal Register.

If allowed to go into effect, these new rules would allow the government to cage migrant children indefinitely, house them in unlicensed detention centers and terminate the few protections granted to these children by the Flores Agreement. The Flores Agreement mandates that children be housed in safe and sanitary conditions and cannot be detained for more than 20 days in an unlicensed facility. The Trump Administration’s new rules would effectively eliminate these protections.

In 1997, in response to the repeated abuse of children in immigration custody, the Flores Agreement was created to protect vulnerable children. The Administration’s intention to terminate this Agreement is appalling, disturbing, and immoral. Recent stories about conditions in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody confirm that continued court oversight is necessary and that this administration cannot be trusted to protect children and provide adequate care on their own.

This is against everything America must stand for as a nation. IIBA calls on the public to join IIBA in advocating for immigrant children and their families. Call your members of Congress and demand they take action. By Trixia Abrera

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