According to the New York Times the Trump administration has come forward with a new rule that gives them the authority to detain the migrant families who had crossed the borders illegally, for unannounced periods of time. This law has come in place of the previous law that had been passed by the court that imposed a limit on how long the government could detain migrant children.
It has been almost twelve months now that the White House has been pressurizing the Department of Homeland Security to replace the Flores law, which would be a vital step to put an end to illegal immigration across the south-western border.
This new law if approved from a federal judge would establish standards for conditions in the detention centers and abolish the 20-day limit on detaining families in immigration jails.
“This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress,” Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, said in a statement. He called it a “critical rule” that would allow the government to detain families and maintain the “integrity of the immigration system.”
According to this new law the administration would be free to send the illegal immigrant families to residential centers. The families will have to stay there for as long as it takes for their cases to be decided. Officials said that mostly these cases would take up to three months though there were exceptions in some cases.
The previous administrations had tried to change the rules for child detention in an effort to put a check on illegal immigration