FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 22, 2019
Washington, D.C.: On Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to hold immigrant families — including children — indefinitely. The new rule directly undermines the Flores Agreement, which for decades has provided some protections for children including minimum safety and custody standards and a requirement that they be released within 20 days.
The Trump Administration’s new rule would allow DHS to detain children indefinitely without oversight or basic standards of care. At least seven children alone have died under DHS custody since last year.
The continued and relentless attacks on immigrant families — on immigrant children — are incomprehensible at this point.
Our representatives have repeatedly said they care about our communities while simultaneously funding aggressive immigration enforcement and deadly immigration jails. Stopping the flow of money is critical to stopping Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. There is no other humane option but to demand our elected officials #ClosetheCamps and #DefundHate immediately and without delay.