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The Flores settlement: A 1985 case that sets the rules for how government can treat migrant children

What are the basic rules that determine how immigrant children are treated in U.S. immigration detention?

The Trump administration’s detention of migrant children in poor conditions along the U.S./Mexico border has repeatedly raised this question.

  • Kevin Johnson
  • The Conversation

The answer is a decades-old court case known as the Flores settlement.

The settlement establishes the rules that the U.S. government must follow when it detains migrant children in enforcing immigration laws.

Litigation over enforcement of the Flores settlement has exploded in recent weeks.

That includes

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