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Replacing the Flores settlement a disaster for immigrant families

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Replacing the Flores settlement a disaster for immigrant families

September 7, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today criticized new draft regulations from the Trump administration that would govern how immigrant minors arriving at our borders would be treated. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The administration seeks to undermine protections for juveniles guaranteed by Flores. Under the proposed regulations, children could be detained with their parents indefinitely, or separated from their families if housing them together would place an ‘undue burden’ on the government. Further, the regulations would allow the federal government to ‘self-license’ jails for family detention, making it easier to establish new detention centers, even as the government’s own medical experts warn that existing family detention centers pose a grave risk of harm to the children jailed therein.

“These regulations are simply the latest attempt by the Trump administration to overturn the Flores settlement. If they succeed, more immigrant children and their families will be detained, for longer periods of time, and without critical health and safety protections. It will give anti-immigrant hardliners like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller another chance to implement their cruel “zero-tolerance” policy at the border — this time they hope without the negative media attention that came from family separation.

“We urge Congress to pass legislation formalizing Flores as it currently exists, and support any legal challenges that may come from these regulations. We will not remain silent while immigrants continue to be persecuted by our government.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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