"This is World War II Japanese-American family detention camp-style operation," Sen. JeffMerkley says about Trump administration's move to allow longer detentions of migrant families.
August 21, 2019

The Washington Post reports this morning on Trump administration plans to detain migrant families indefinitely:

The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new rule that could expand family detention and dramatically increase the time children spend in custody.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services will issue a new rule Friday to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement, the federal consent decree that has set basic standards for the detention of migrant children and teens since 1997.

The new rule would eliminate a 20-day cap for detaining migrant children and create a new licensing regime that would make it easier for federal officials to expand family detention nationwide.

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