New regulations and immigration detention conditions lead the way in news this week. Read our roundup to learn more.
1. DHS and HHS issue final rule to pave the way for longer detentions of children and families
On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced a final rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would end the Flores Agreement which dictates the length and treatment of immigrant children in detention.
Under the Flores Agreement, children can only be detained for a maximum of 20 days and must be provided with a sanitary living space and quality living conditions.
The new rule, set to go into effect 60 days from today, clears a path for the indefinite detention of children and families, as well as the licensing of new facilities.
The rule comes in a long line of policies by the Trump Administration meant to stifle, if not completely cut off, immigration into the U.S.
2. Trump Administration hit with a class action suit over conditions in immigrant detention centers
A class action lawsuit was filed against the Trump Administration this week that claims the Administration is purposefully letting medical and mental healthcare lapse in almost 160 detention facilities.
The suit is the first of its kind and comes on the heels of a 9th Circuit ruling upholding the requirement of sanitary and quality living conditions for detained children.
3. USCIS issues new policy guidance to deny work authorization to immigrant parolees
On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new policy guidance that will allow greater flexibility to deny work authorization permits to immigrant paroled into the U.S.
The new guidance comes as the Trump Administration is attempting to significantly curtail both legal and illegal immigration into the U.S.
Read the official announcement at USCIS.
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