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U.S. Immigration: Changing the Flores Agreement

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The 1997 Flores Agreement / Settlement established legal precedent to enforce regulation of the housing of migrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, including a 20-day detention limit. This past week, the Trump administration unveiled a plan to withdraw from the Flores Agreement.

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“Trump Administration Moves to End Rule Limiting Detention of Migrant Children”

“Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies face court challenges”

“Immigration Advocate Weighs In On Trump Administration’s Move To End Flores Agreement”

“Why Trump wants to detain immigrant children longer”

“Homan calls out states’ ‘stone cold lie’ and false narratives about the Flores Agreement”


  • Writing: Briefly describe the history of the Flores Agreement and construct an argument detailing why the Agreement should or should not be ended.
  • Debate: Ending the Flores Agreement will not deter future immigration and will only create a more inhumane living condition for children and families waiting for their date in immigration court.
  • Poll: Should the government end the Flores Agreement?
  • Short Answer: Ending the Flores Agreement would effectively end the “family separation” policy. Why are immigrant advocates suggesting that ending Flores would be bad for children?

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