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Trump administration takes aim at the Flores settlement — one of the biggest loopholes driving the current border crisis

The senator also said that Americans have to focus less on Trump's tweets and anti-immigrant banter, and more on the issues that matter to the ideals of what makes the nation so unique.

Tom Homan, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement director, noted in earlier interviews with SaraACarter.com that the Flores loophole was not only a burden on the U.S. immigration system but presents a danger for children traveling with illegal migrants to the U.S. The children are being used as a tool to circumvent the immigration system, he said.

The massive influx of Central American families to the U.S. -Mexico border has vastly strained the system and foiled Trump's tough talk on immigration, though agreements by Mexico to clamp down on migrants heading north and a new agreement with Guatemala forcing migrants to claim asylum there instead of heading north are expected to reduce the flow.

Border Patrol apprehends illegal aliens who have just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019.

The Trump administration has announced it is ending a federal court agreement that limits how long migrant families with children can be detained.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said average stays in 2014 and 2015 for families in detention leading up to that ruling was 50 days.

In the wake of the outcry, the Trump administration tried past year to supercede Flores and detain migrants indefinitely.

Administration officials blame the so-called "Flores Settlement Agreement" for a spike in immigration, especially of Central American families, saying it encourages migrants to bring children with them so they can be released into the United S while their court cases are pending. As illegal crossings rose a year ago, the Trump administration directed the Pentagon to identify sites with space for up to 12,000 beds for families.

A Trump administration effort to detain migrant families and children for longer periods of time than now allowed was met with harsh criticism by Democratic leaders on Wednesday. Officials said the families would receive mental health treatment, counselling and other services.

The number of family units entering the country has exploded recently.

The new rule, which "terminates" the Flores agreement, would keep families in detention until their immigration proceedings are complete - deterring them, the administration says, from making the risky journey from Central America to the US border.

The Trump administration on Wednesday (Aug 21) unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, eliminating a previous 20-day limit.

Trump administration officials said the new rule seeks to address Gee's concerns by allowing the federal government to create its own licensing regime, complete with third-party inspections and audits that will be made public.

The government's proposed rule, she said, wouldn't have let lawyers monitor conditions in border facilities and would have dramatically changed how long children could be detained and the standards for their care. Today, Trump decided the solution is to cage them for longer.

Hundreds of families, however, are still being separated if the government deems the parent a risk to the child.

The government operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people.

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