DHS announces new rule modifying Flores, creating huge immigration fix

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The Trump administration has unveiled a potentially far-reaching rule that will put a permanent halt to the child separation policy that began with the Obama administration.

The rule will modify the decades-old Flores Settlement Agreement, a widely criticized Supreme Court ruling that forces federal immigration forces to hold detained illegal alien children for no longer than 20 days. After the 20 days expires, the authorities must either separate the children from their illegal alien parents or release the whole family into the U.S.

The rule will take effect in 60 days, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan:

A remnant of former President Bill Clinton’s administration, the Flores settlement was used during the Obama administration to justify separating illegal alien children from their parents. While that policy continued unabated when President Donald Trump stepped into office two years later, what changed was the media’s focus. Whereas they ignored the previous administration’s separation policy, they’ve used the current president’s continuation of it to smear him as cruel and malicious.

Because of the smears, the administration has often been forced via public pressure to just release illegal alien families into the interior. This has in turn only further incentivized not only illegal immigration but also the “recycling” of illegal alien children.

In a statement Tuesday evening to The Daily Caller, a senior administration official noted that the implementation of this rule — which has already provoked massive backlash from congressional Democrats and their media allies — will put a stop to all this.

The Administration is closing one of the legal loopholes that has allowed human traffickers and smugglers to exploit our vulnerabilities at the southern border,” the official said.

President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to secure America’s border at all cost and this rule plays a vital role in the strategy to restore the integrity to our immigration system and our national security.”

According to The Washington Times, the administration is pursuing this rule as “an end-run around Congress, where Democrats have rebuffed Mr. Trump’s requests for a legislative solution.”

Both congressional Democrats and the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates have shown no interest in modifying the Flores Settlement Agreement, arguing instead that illegal aliens shouldn’t be detained, period — that they should all be released into the interior.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the top three candidates running for office, said earlier this summer that one of his first acts as president would be to sign an executive order effectively shutting down all private illegal alien detention facilities.

“He believes we must stand up for our values and accept refugees, asylum-seekers, and families who come to the United States in search of the American Dream,” his campaign reportedly said in a statement at the time. “That means not holding asylum seekers in detention while their applications are processed. And that means ending the for-profit detention center and prison industrial complex.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker went even further by vowing to “stop treating immigrants as criminals” and thus making illegal immigration legal …

Their plans would effectively turn America into an open-borders nation. In fact, even former Obama administration official Jeh Johnson who served as the Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to early 2017, has warned as much.

“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” he said in a statement to The Washington Post last month. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

The only legitimate plan appears to be to keep detaining illegal aliens — but preferably in a way that doesn’t involve separating illegal alien children from their parents. And it just so happens that the only plan that seems to offer all this is the one just unveiled by the Trump administration.

Nevertheless, backlash is already beginning to brew:

Vivek Saxena


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