“The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ('the Departments') propose to amend regulations relating to the apprehension, processing, care, custody, and release of alien juveniles,” said the proposed regulation, which is set to be published in the Federal Register on Friday.
Though Flores would be thrown out, the federal government would still uphold the initial goal of the agreement by ensuring that all children in its custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors, according to the text of the regulation.
But immigrant children would be detained for as long as it takes to complete immigration proceedings under the new regulation.
After publishing the proposed regulation in the Federal Register, the government will open a 60-day period for public comments before it goes into effect, according to the document.
Trump was forced to issue an order to halt family separations at the border after viral images of kids locked in cages sparked outrage across the political spectrum and drew intense levels of international opprobrium.
As a result of the “zero-tolerance” policy, about 2,600 immigrant children were forcibly separated from their parents this spring following arrests in connection with illegal entry into the United States.