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September 10, 2019
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Controversial New Rule Allows Indefinite Detention of Minors, Families

The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services announced a final rule, effective October 22, 2019, to terminate the Flores settlement agreement and "ensure the humane detention of families."

Many advocates and others have expressed concern. Among other things, in addition to concerns about potentially lengthy detentions of noncriminal immigrants, including children, commenters said DHS should not be allowed to self-license detention facilities because current facilities do not have adequate oversight and, as a result, DHS is not currently capable of maintaining clean, humane, and safe detention centers. Legal advocates have filed a notice to challenge the rule in court.

Click here for the Joint agency rule

Read the DHS press conference

Click here for the Flores settlement agreement

Read the Human Rights Watch comments on related proposed rule

Click here to read the notice to challenge rule

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