The Trump Administration is making major changes (for the worse) affecting the detention and release of migrant children. The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules the reversing the protections of a 1997 court agreement-known as the Flores Settlement-that currently restricts the government from detaining migrant children indefinitely and ensures their safety and proper care. Under the Flores Settlement Agreement, children detained in custody must generally be released within 20 days.
The new rules seek to reverse these protections by allowing indefinite detention of children and families. These new changes will cause more overcrowding and weaken the safety and care of children in custody. The new rules will not take effect until October but are already facing legal challenges.