Judge Issues Devastating Ruling Against Trump’s ‘Dubious’ Request For Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Children
A U.S. federal judge on Monday blasted the Trump administration as he rejected the president’s request to allow indefinite detention of undocumented immigrant children, a legal setback for President Donald Trump’s push to detain migrant families taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Reuters, Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as “dubious” and “unconvincing” the U.S. Justice Department’s proposal to modify a 1997 settlement known as the Flores Agreement, which says that children cannot be held in detention for long periods.
The Trump administration made its request after public outcry over its policy of separating children from parents who entered the United States illegally. A judge in a different case in San Diego ordered the government last month to reunite the families it had separated.
The government asserted in its Flores filing that the San Diego ruling would necessitate longer-term detention of children, since that would be the only way to both reunite them with their parents and keep the parents incarcerated during their immigration proceedings.
Gee forcefully rejected that argument.
“Defendants advance a tortured interpretation of the Flores Agreement in an attempt to show that the … injunction permits them to suspend the Flores release and licensure provisions,” she wrote.
Previous administrations often released families apprehended at the border to pursue their immigration claims while living freely in the United States. But Trump has vowed to end what he calls “catch-and-release.”
Gee called the administration’s request for relief from the Flores agreement “a cynical attempt… to shift responsibility to the judiciary for over 20 years of congressional inaction and ill-considered executive action,” Reuters reported.