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US states sue Trump over indefinite detention of migrant children

By AFP

Added 27th August 2019 08:05 AM

The Department of Homeland Security last week said it was terminating the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, a legal ruling that said the government could hold migrant children in detention for no more than 20 days.

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Immigrants' rights groups rally in support of Guatemalan immigrant Joel Colindres, 31, during his ICE check-in on January 25, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), joined advocates who rallied in support of Colindres, who has an American wife and children. Supporters say that three of his family members have been killed in the last year in Guatemala and that he faces imminent danger if he is sent back by U.S. immigration authorities. (AFP)

The Department of Homeland Security last week said it was terminating the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, a legal ruling that said the government could hold migrant children in detention for no more than 20 days.

A coalition of 20 US states announced on Monday they will sue Donald Trump's administration over its recent decision to remove legal limits on how long migrant children can be detained.

"With this rule, the Trump administration is paving the way for ICE to imprison innocent children for indefinite periods of time," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

The Department of Homeland Security last week said it was terminating the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, a legal ruling that said the government could hold migrant children in detention for no more than 20 days.

The White House said the Flores rule was outdated and did not take into account the massive increase in Central American migrant families and children crossing into the US in recent years.

A new policy, to be implemented in less than 60 days, will allow children and their families to be detained for an unlimited time.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the lawsuit seeks to "protect children from the irreparable harm caused by unlawful and unnecessary detention."

The coalition also includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Human rights groups have also criticized the Trump administration's new rule and vowed to oppose it in court.

Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign platform.

In 2018, he launched a "zero tolerance" policy that saw more than 2,300 children separated from their parents at the border, before the government backed down amid a massive public outcry.

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