the flores agreement...

  • Limits the detention of children for their immigration status

  • Sets standards for adequate food and water, medical care, temperature control, etc.

The Trump Administration is intentionally defying the Flores Agreement, arguing for the indefinite detainment of children. The period for public comment is open until November 6, 2018. Visit the Federal Register rule proposal page for full details. Then, tell DHS - #DefendFlores!

  • Email ICE.Regulations@ice.dhs.gov

    • YOU MUST include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in the subject line of the message.

    • All comments submitted must be IN ENGLISH in order to be accepted.

  • Not sure what to say? Here’s a template:

Dear DHS & HHS,

I implore you to defend and implement in full the Flores Agreement.

The separation and detention of immigrant families by the current administration is not only cruel - it is child abuse. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and jailing children to punish their families for seeking safety is inhumane.

It seems like common sense to me - children shouldn't be detained in any circumstances, and especially not with weakened protections. Their basic health and safety depend on access to proper medical care, safe living conditions, and being cared for by their families.

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Consider Mariee, who would have turned 2 this August. She died shortly after being released from ICE's custody. Detention is no place for children. 

Families belong together and free.

important information about #defendflores:

We have received notice that during the Flores Agreement comment period, DHS may accept identical comments as a single comment. Therefore, it is very important for anyone signing these messages, either via email or letter, to use the blank space to add their own comment.

Take the next step:

  • Share the #DefendFlores campaign with this digital toolkit

  • Download and mail this letter to DHS at:

    Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy,
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
    500 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20536

Letters must be postmarked by Nov. 6, 2018 in order to be considered for public comment.

SOURCES:
1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-to-circumvent-court-limits-on-detention-of-child-migrants/2018/09/06/181d376c-b1bd-11e8-a810-4d6b627c3d5d_story.html
2
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna907006
3
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/28/642738732/a-toddlers-death-adds-to-concerns-about-migrant-detention 

 

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