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The Harm of Family Detention

Why Modifying Flores and Detaining Families Together Cannot Be the Answer to Family Separation

As Congress weighs bills and the Administration considers policies that would result in the long-term detention of families, this backgrounder explains why modifying the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement – which sets national standards regarding the detention, release, and treatment of all children in immigration detention – and expanding family detention cannot be the answer to the Trump administration’s self-created family separation policies.

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