US Agreement with Flores: Seeking Partial Termination!

The US government seeks to end the Flores Agreement

The Department of Justice has requested the termination of the Flores Agreement, a crucial judicial agreement that protects unaccompanied migrant children in the United States. This agreement has been essential in ensuring the safety and care of these minors.

The government’s request to partially end the agreement has raised concerns about leaving thousands of children unprotected. The judge overseeing the case will have to make a decision on the government’s request.

The Flores Agreement, signed in 1997 after years of litigation, stipulates that federal authorities cannot detain undocumented minors for an extended period and must ensure their care and other protections. This agreement has shed light on the challenges faced by minors in federal custody, including children entering the US with a family member or legal guardian.

The potential termination of the Flores Agreement could have damaging consequences. Without the protection of this agreement, lawyers will no longer be able to advocate for migrant children and ensure their rights are respected. The government has proposed new regulations to ensure the care of migrant children, but it overlooks the fact that many minors are in unlicensed shelters.

Advocates for immigrant rights are planning to petition to preserve the judicial pact and ensure the safety of these vulnerable children. The judge overseeing the Flores Agreement, Dolly M. Gee, will have to rule on the government’s request.

This is not the first time the US government has attempted to end or modify the agreement. In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested changes to allow for the prolonged detention of children, but the request was denied. The Obama administration also sought modifications to the agreement in response to an influx of unaccompanied minors in 2014.

The Flores Agreement is named after Jenny Flores, a fifteen-year-old who fled the civil war in El Salvador and faced harsh treatment by immigration authorities in 1985. Her experience, including strip searches and months of detention without proper support, led to the establishment of the agreement to protect the rights of migrant children.

In conclusion, the potential termination of the Flores Agreement poses a threat to the well-being and rights of unaccompanied migrant children in the US. Advocates are fighting to preserve this crucial agreement and ensure that these vulnerable children are not left unprotected.