DHS Issues Regulation Closing the Flores Catch-and-Release Loophole

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21 August 2019
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The Department of Homeland Security is issuing a Flores regulation which will allow border agencies to detain migrants and children for multiple weeks until their legal claims for asylum can be completed.
The regulation replaces the 2015 court-ordered Flores rule which said migrants with children must be released after 20 days, even if officials suspect the migrants are ineligible for asylum.
Pro-migration advocates strongly oppose the regulation, even though it is also likely to reduce the death of children who are brought up to the border by their job-seeking parents....
The regulation replaces the so-called Flores court decision, made in 2015 by Democrat-nominated Californian Judge Dolly Gee. Her decision has enabled more than 433,000 poor “family unit” migrants to walk through the border wall since 2018, and then into blue-collar Americans’ jobs, rental markets, and K-12 schools....
The Flores decision broke the border because it forces officials to release migrants who bring children migrants just 20 days after they are caught at the border. But migrants can delay their deportations for more than 20 days by asking for asylum. This two-sided loophole leaves officials with no choice but to release the asylum-claiming migrants...
Migrants and their cartel-affiliated coyotes have rationally exploited Gee’s catch-and-release loophole — and so the “family unit” migration has spiked from just 15,000 people in 2013 to at least 433,000 in 2019.  A Guatemalan coyote named Hugo recently told the Los Angeles Times children are now a core part of the migration business....