Young Center Joins Amicus (Friend of the Court) Brief Opposing Rule to Overturn the Flores Agreement

In August, the Administration announced regulations to end the decades-old safeguards and protections afforded to immigrant children by the Flores Settlement Agreement. Guided by principles of child welfare and family unity, the Flores Settlement Agreement sets minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of immigrant children. The Administration’s new regulations would eliminate the central protections guaranteed under Flores and would allow the indefinite detention of children.

Last week, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights joined an amicus brief spearheaded by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to oppose these regulations. The amicus brief identifies how the proposed regulations undermine the language and clear intent of Flores and upend decades of protections for vulnerable children. The brief argues against the indefinite detention of migrant children and families, challenges the government’s desire to constantly redetermine the status of children who are recognized as “unaccompanied” and therefore eligible for protection, and opposes provisions that provide children due process and allow them the necessary time and safe space to recover from trauma while they apply for legal relief. The amicus also challenges the government’s proposal to monitor is own facilities, rather than rely on an independent third party to determine compliance with standards of care.

Read the amicus brief here.

Maddie Witters