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Nadler and Lofgren Statement Ahead of DHS and HHS Final Rule Regarding Flores Settlement Agreement

Washington, August 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the announcement from the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) stating that a final rule will be released in the coming days to ostensibly implement the “substantive” provisions of the Flores Settlement Agreement:

 “Based on the content of the proposed rule and statements from the Administration about the final rule, it appears the new rule will authorize the Department of Homeland Security to indefinitely detain families with children in immigration detention facilities.  This is a direct violation of the Flores Settlement Agreement, and we expect the rule to be enjoined almost immediately.  The rule also does not represent who we are as a nation.

 “The United States should give families seeking asylum a fair and timely process for doing so.  This rule takes us in the opposite direction.  As with many of the Administration’s unlawful immigration proposals, we fully expect this rule to be stopped.”