Migrant children will suffer most under new US detention rule

WASHINGTON (CNS): Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, the United States of America (US), chairperson of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, said on August 23 that he sees “heartbreaking consequences for immigrant children” in a final rule issued by the Trump administration that allows the federal government to hold immigrant children in family detention indefinitely.
 
The new rule was jointly issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)and the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) and will end a long-standing legal agreement put in place in 1997, known as the Flores Settlement Agreement, to ensure the safety and care of children in immigration detention settings.
 
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