U.S. Immigration: Changing the Flores Agreement

U.S. Immigration: Changing the Flores Agreement

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.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Download the PowerPoint Lecture Spark for U.S. Immigration: Changing the Flores Agreement

Links

“20 states sue Trump administration over Flores rule”
https://thehill.com/latino/458843-20-states-sue-trump-administration-over-flores-rule

“Unaccompanied Minors and the Flores Settlement Agreement: What to Know”
http://www.ncsl.org/blog/2018/10/30/unaccompanied-minors-and-the-flores-settlement-agreement-what-to-know.aspx

“Trump Administration Moves to End Rule Limiting Detention of Migrant Children”
https://time.com/5657381/trump-administration-flores-agreement-migrant-children/

“Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies face court challenges”
https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2019/08/22/donald-trumps-hardline-immigration-policies-face-court-challenges

“Immigration Advocate Weighs In On Trump Administration’s Move To End Flores Agreement”
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/21/753213221/immigration-advocate-weighs-in-on-trump-administrations-move-to-end-flores-agree

“Why Trump wants to detain immigrant children longer”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-trump-wants-to-detain-immigrant-children-longer

“Homan calls out states’ ‘stone cold lie’ and false narratives about the Flores Agreement”
https://www.foxnews.com/media/tom-homan-flores-agreement-lies-false-narratives

Assessment

  • 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?

Enjoy using Lecture Spark? Answer this 5-question survey to help us innovate!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: