by Axios | Updated on 9.6.18
Countable asks: Do you support the Trump administration's plans to indefinitely detain migrant families? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below. (Via AXIOS)
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.
"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."
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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!
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!
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.
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?