Children belong free from detention and with family and loved ones who can care for them.
But the Trump administration is trying to change the rules that ensure migrant children in government custody are treated humanely and released quickly. Instead, the Trump administration wants to be able to jail immigrant children and families indefinitely and roll back already-minimal standards for their treatment.
Now is your chance to stand up for immigrant children’s safety. Submit a comment from your perspective about why you oppose the Trump administration’s new regulations to indefinitely detain children, lower standards of care in immigration jails, and remove legal protections from minors seeking safety in the U.S.
TAKE ACTION: Leave a comment to stop the Trump administration from jailing children indefinitely. Remember to modify your comment to be unique and represent your perspective before submitting, so your comment is counted.
What’s been proposed?
In the 1990s, a court ordered the government to follow basic rules to ensure the well-being of migrant children in government custody who had come to the United States seeking safety but were instead locked up in abusive, prison-like conditions. The rules, called the Flores agreement, require the government to release children from its custody as soon as possible and, if it cannot, the children must be held in state-licensed and child-appropriate facilities, and in the least restrictive setting possible. The Trump administration is now trying to gut these rules.
We cannot allow the same administration that has torn children from their parents and failed to reunite hundreds of these families to undermine safety standards for children. Saving the Flores agreement’s protections for these kids is the next phase in the Families Belong Together fight. We must stand together to protect these vulnerable children.
For more information and resources, please visit familiesbelongtogether.org.