Court Deals Major Blow to Trump's Immigration Agenda
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The Daily Caller's Jason Hopkins reports:
In a major blow to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles issued a preliminary ruling Friday that, at least temporarily, strikes down its attempt to detain migrant families for longer than 20 days. Gee found that the plan violated the Flores Agreement, a 1997 legal agreement that set strict standards for how long migrant kids can be detained after entering the U.S.
This is not the first time that Gee, an Obama-appointed federal judge, has issued a major ruling related to the Flores Settlement Agreement. She was the same judge who ruled in 2015 that the Flores Agreement not only pertained to unaccompanied children, but also to children who arrived with parents and other family members — drastically changing the dynamic of migrant detention at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Many immigration enforcement officials argue that the 2015 court decision fueled the border crisis that the country has today. Communities across Central America are under the impression that, if they bring a child with them, the will likely be able to enter the U.S. if they make it to the border because the U.S. government cannot detain them for too long. The situation is referred to as the “Flores loophole.”
The immigration crisis has led to robust child smuggling operations along the U.S.-Mexico border, and a significant number of illegal migrants are discovered to be lying about their familial relations.
President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a hallmark of his administration.