Indefinite Detention of Migrant Families
Since the Executive Order rescinding the policy of separating migrant parents from their children, the Trump administration is now seeking other ways to detain adults. In Flores v. Reno in 1997, a federal court ruled that children and families could not be detained more than 20 days. In order to keep track of the adults who have been arrested at the border, the administration is aiming to have Congress pass legislation to overrule Flores. If they are successful, children may end up languishing in detention with their parents for indefinite periods of time. There are more cost-effective and humane alternatives to detaining entire families, such as the Family Case Management Program which was instituted under Obama and done away with by Trump.
Call your Member of Congress and ask them to oppose any attempt to overrule Flores, and ask them to look for solutions such as the Family Case Management Program which would allow families to live in the community until their cases are heard.