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A Federal judge in Los Angeles blocked the trump administration Friday by the enforcement of rules that would allow authorities to indefinitely immigrant children keep up with their parents on the US-Mexican border.
In the case of the issue of the so-called Flores settlement agreement, a 22-year-old decree, which specifies is to be imprisoned, for how long and under what conditions minors, immigrants, of the government. The administration sought to withdraw from the 1997 agreement as part of a crackdown on asylum-seekers arriving on the southern border.
The agreement prohibits the holding of children in unlicensed detention conditions for more than 20 days. Trump officials have said the agreement illegal immigration creates.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services has new rules over the summer to the end of the agreement and allow the Federal government to license-trial detention facilities, which would allow longer periods of detention for migrant children.
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In this Dec. 11, 2018, photo, asylum-seeking boy from Central America to be running down a corridor after arriving in San Diego, Calif., Protection from an immigration detention center (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)
But U.S. district judge Dolly Gee expressed skepticism about the government’s arguments that the granting of an order the conclusion that the administration not implement the proposed rules “properly, and are not in accordance with the relevant and material terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement.”
“Just because you tell me it is not night outside doesn’t mean it is the day”, ” Gee said, the government’s lawyers.
The government argued that it is the choice to subject has to compensate for new rules of the old contract. But immigrant advocates say that the provisions that would allow the indefinite detention of children in unlicensed facilities.
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Gee wrote that officials “do not simply ignore the dictates of the consent decree, only because you don’t agree with your approach as a matter of policy.”
Attorneys representing the children of immigrants, said the administration was requesting with the help of young migrants to the deterrence of migrants, asylum.
“We said, determined the rights of the imprisoned children of immigrants,” Neha Desai, director of immigration at the National Center for Youth Law, defend reporters.
In this 9. July 2019, file photo, the staff escort the immigrants of the class to the U.S. government, the newest holding centre for migrants-children in Carrizo Springs, Texas. A Federal judge on Friday blocked the trump administration from the end of the so-called Flores settlement, a long-term settlement governing detention conditions for the children of immigrants, including how long they can be kept by the government. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
U.S. REP Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, praised the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the decision-making.
“I’m glad that our justice system has plans to stop the trump government to said to for an indefinite period of time, the detention of families in prison-like conditions,” Castro. “This victory gives us hope and is a reminder to all of us — elected officials, immigration lawyers, organizers, and lawyers — to the fight. Flores is not a gap — it’s a life-saving standard, protects the basic rights and dignity of immigrant children.”
The Flores decision came about as a result of 1980s, the case in which a girl named Jenny Flores, then 15, was detained, with adults, the US authorities after she fled El Salvador. At the beginning of 1997, the Flores settlement, children of migrants are sent to care-programs after 20 days to be given access to medical treatment and allowed visits to relatives.
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The Trump administration adopted several measures to curb the flow of migrants at the border. Migrants now have to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings, and each passage through a third country on their way to the USA to seek refuge before it is to seek asylum in America.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants have been arrested, fleeing to the border in the last few years, as many Central American families from violence and poverty.
Fox-News-reporter Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.