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August 21, 2019

Thompson Statement on Trump Administration Plan for Indefinite Detention of Children and Families

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration plans to terminate the Flores settlement agreement to allow it to indefinitely detain migrant children and families:

“The Trump Administration has managed to find a new low in its continued despicable treatment of migrant children and families.  Terminating the Flores settlement is illegal and goes against our longstanding American values about the treatment of children. This regulation will allow the Administration to dramatically expand family detention and indefinitely lock up children. The Administration’s rule will put even more stress on our immigration system and add to the chaos the Administration continues to create. When children have repeatedly died in our care for ailments as simple as the flu, keeping them in indefinite detention defies logic and will lead to deadly consequences. The courts must immediately stop this illegal action.”

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