The US government is actively making plans to enable the long term detention of migrant families –including children – on US soil. This is in violation of a long-standing court agreement under which families were detained for only short periods of time, the aim being to avoid keeping children in custody for more than 20 days. These moves come on the heels of the much publicised detention of children in the US and the subsequent court order requiring the government to reunite those children with their families. The US Department of Homeland Security has expressed the opinion that current laws incentivise migrant families to enter the US illegally. They are hoping with the new approach to strengthen the US Federal Government’s ability to pursue immigration enforcement, including long term detention of families until their immigration cases have been resolved.
USA today’s reporting of this story can be found here.