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Republicans Set To Vote On Bill Allowing Migrant Children To Be Detained Indefinitely: Report

Republican lawmakers are reportedly preparing an immigration bill that would allow detained migrant children to stay in detention centers with their parents indefinitely, ABC News reported Saturday.

Citing senior White House and Congressional officials, ABC News revealed the bill would overrule a decades-old provision that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in detention centers for more than 20 days, allowing the government to detain kids for as long as it takes to process their parent’s cases, which could take months.

The news comes days after the Justice Department asked a federal district court to modify the rule, known as the Flores settlement, which runs up against President Trump’s recent executive order. The order aimed to stop the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separations of thousands of migrant families who had entered the U.S. illegally.

Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy was met with swift and steady backlash from both sides of the aisle, as Democrats and Republicans came down on the separations for being “cruel,” “immoral,” and “un-American.”

Facing bipartisan pressure, Trump backed down from his administration’s policy, signing an executive order on Wednesday to halt migrant family separations.

The order allows most families to remain together while adults await court proceedings, directing the Justice Department to expedite immigration cases involving families. It does not, however, address the futures of the more than 2,000 migrant families who were separated before it was signed.

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