National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd praised the Trump Administrations termination of the Flores agreement saying it “would effectively end catch and release”.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on President @RealDonaldTrump‘s immigration actions:
“This would effectively end catch and release. And that would drive illegal immigration back down.” pic.twitter.com/cJsWpoh9oh
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 21, 2019
The Flores settlement is a court decision that has limited the administration’s ability to handle the border crisis. The settlement first came after a nine-year lawsuit against the government and determined at that time that unaccompanied minors had to be released from detention “without unnecessary delay.” That was expanded later in 2017 to effectively a catch-and-release loophole for entire family units or those merely posing as family units, because of an imposed 20-day detention cap.
In turn, the existence of this loophole has been a boon for unscrupulous border-crossers who have been using children as “get out of jail free” cards in order to avoid detention. In some cases, children have reportedly been “recycled” by traffickers, while many have been kidnapped. In others, migrants have reportedly attempted to purchase children to make the journey. CR reported just a few weeks ago on the case of yet another child who had to be taken into DHS custody because a DNA test showed he was brought to the U.S. border by someone not related to him.
Wednesday’s action from the Trump administration will aim to keep family units together throughout their immigration proceedings, without unnecessarily releasing them into the United States interior, by eliminating the Flores decree’s 20-day holding limit while creating a standardized licensing system for family detention facilities at the border, according to information about the new rule obtained by Blaze Media.
This is a massive win for President Trump we have covered Catch and Release(Click here to read our articles on it) and the Trump Administration’s failure to get rid of it up to this point.
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