Family Detention & the Flores Settlement Agreement: Backgrounder on the Flores Litigation and the July 24, 2015 Court Order Compelling the Government to Comply.
Women's Refugee Commission. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Women's Refugee Commission
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This brief notes on July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California ruled that current U.S. family detention policies violate the parameters set by a 1997 legal settlement known as the Flores Settlement. It is argued that to comply with Judge Gee’s order, the government should immediately reverse the family detention policies and dismantle the facilities it instituted last year, and instead release accompanied children together with their parents. Background information is then provided on the Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement made in 1997 that imposed several obligations on immigration authorities: the government is required to release children from immigration detention without unnecessary delay to, in order of preference, parents, other adult relatives, or licensed programs willing to accept custody; if a suitable placement is not immediately available, the government is obligated to place children in the “least restrictive” setting appropriate to their age and any special needs. Current litigation in the Flores agreement is then reviewed, as well as recent the court decision regarding the Flores Settlement and its impact on family detention. 7 references.;
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS; CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS; DEPORTATION; UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN; LAW ENFORCEMENT; CHILD ADVOCACY; CHILDRENS RIGHTS; COURT LITIGATION; FEDERAL COURTS;