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U.S. Weighs Indefinitely Detaining Migrant Families

by Axios | Updated on 9.6.18

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The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have proposed a rule that would allow them to indefinitely keep children caught crossing the border illegally with their parents in family detention centers, circumventing the Flores Settlement, a legal ruling that prevents minors from being held in detention longer than 20 days.

Why it matters: The Flores Settlement has been a key obstacle to the Trump administration's efforts to crack down on immigrant families illegally crossing the border, which reached a flash point earlier this year with the administration's "zero tolerance" family separation policy.


  • The administration will likely face new legal challenges over the rule, especially given federal Judge Dolly Gee has already declined to change her Flores ruling at President Trump's request.
  • Under the settlement, families are kept in detention together up to the 20-day limit — after which immigration authorities must complee the asylum or removal process or release the family into the U.S. until their immigration court hearings.

"Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country. This rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress."

DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen

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  • Allison
    09/07/2018
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    We have become the United States of Cruelty. This violates the principles in our Constitution and basic human rights. Please do not allow this to happen.

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  • Leo
    09/06/2018
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    An attempt to create a permanent prison population to satisfy the owners of private prisons and insure that they continue to donate to the politicians.

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  • Kate
    09/07/2018
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    Immigrants should not be held indefinitely! We need to be able to process their cases in a timely manner and allow them to stay together as a family whenever possible. We should be working on how to get more people legally into the U.S. and our economy not how to further punish them. Immigration is not a crime!

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  • Wade
    09/07/2018
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    This proposal is another in a long line of inhumane and deranged ideology being spewed from that disgrace posing as the president of our nation. Stand up to trump! Do something good and right for once in your tattered careers!

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  • Joan
    09/07/2018
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    Imprisoning innocent children is wrong! I don't care what their parents did or didn't do, this is immoral and anti-American.

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  • Pat
    09/07/2018
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    Families do not belong in detention centers.

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  • M
    09/06/2018
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    The indefinite detention of immigrant families goes against everything the real America stands for. It shames our country in the eyes of the world.

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  • Dicr
    09/06/2018
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    Why don’t we just impeach Trump and end this disastrous experiment of a hate consumed reality tv star running our country.

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  • Chris
    09/07/2018
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    This would be a human rights violation.

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  • Kodiwodi
    09/06/2018
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    This national embarrassment and human rights violation will not be over until trump and/or the GOP is gone. Do I support this? Hell no. I loathe this and anyone who would treat another human being in this manner for whatever perceived wrong they think they have committed.

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  • Robert
    09/07/2018
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    Our system of Justice is built on the idea of one is innocent until proven guilty, holding families indefinitely is essentially putting them in prison without a trial. You cannot defend America by betraying the very core of our justice system.

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  • Gerry
    09/07/2018
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    Why would we want to bear the expense of keeping migrants in jail for any length of time?

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  • John
    09/06/2018
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    No more concentration camps! These people have, according to US and International Law, rights to asylum hearings and treatment due any human being. Simply because 45 is a xenophobic Fascist is NOT legal foundation for a policy of kidnapping, internment and human rights abuse. Put the Fascist 45 regime in camps if you want to seriously deal with lawbreaking in America!

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  • Azrael
    09/06/2018
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    Who is making money by doing this? As always, follow the money

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  • JTJ
    09/06/2018
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    This would end the practice of using children to get across the border. It will ultimately save lives and families. But democrats are fake humanitarians, they are not interested in real solutions.

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  • Andie
    09/07/2018
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    There can no longer be a catch and release system and children should remain with their parent or legal guardian. The choices should be for them to remain in Mexico or wherever they came from until such a time as a hearing can be held for them or they remain in detention together for their hearing. Either way, they should not be allowed to disappear into the US with the other 11+ million illegal aliens. They should actually apply at the US embassy in their own country and not just expect to be allowed to cross our border. We cannot have them taking jobs and social service/benefit resources from US citizens.

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  • Angie
    09/06/2018
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    Separation of families is completely inhumane. I can’t believe my country is doing it legally, and I want to take action to stop it.

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  • David
    09/06/2018
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    We are expected to welcome the stranger in our midst. Instead we incarcerate them for the crime of wanting a better life for themselves and their children, and try to hold them indefinitely without charge. The struggle we face is one of values. Which wolf will we choose to feed?

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  • Carol
    09/07/2018
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    This is disgusting. Separating and jailing children and parents just for trying to find a safe place to live is NOT the American way. We are a better people than that. Our votes in November will show that.

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  • Alpesh
    09/07/2018
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    You can not keep someone in detention forever. its just commonsense humanity 101.

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