DHS Proposes New Rule, Terminating Long-Standing Flores Settlement Agreement

On August 21, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced its final rule proposing changes to current standards and procedure of migrant detention. In 1997, Flores set a nationwide policy for treatment of immigrant children in government custody. The agreement established a 20-day limit for detaining children. Under the final rule, the DHS removes the limitation, permitting indefinite detention of minors with their families.