Flores v Reno – Press Resources and Documents
On Friday, September 27, 2019, Judge Gee permanently enjoined the government’s final regulations and denied the government’s motion to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. The Settlement remains in effect and will terminate when the government issues regulations that are consistent with the terms of the Settlement.
On Friday, September 13, 2019, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and co-counsel filed an opposition to the government’s motion to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. See the documents:
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and co-counsel filed a supplemental brief on Friday, August 30, 2019 to block the Administration’s Apprehension, Processing, Care and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children final regulations. These regulations are an attempt to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement, which has stood for decades as the standard of protection for children in immigration custody. See the documents:
The 1997 settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno set national standards for the treatment and placement of minors in what was then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) custody. INS obligations under the agreement are now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The agreement establishes minimum standards for initial detention and a policy favoring release of minors. It also requires that children who remain in federal custody be placed in the least restrictive environment and mandates provision of information, treatment and services.