WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters / EP) –
The Government of the United States announced on Wednesday a reform that will allow immigrant families to remain detained indefinitely, replacing a 1997 agreement that de facto limits this detention time to a maximum of 20 days for of the welfare of children.
The new regulations, which are expected to be challenged in court, are called upon to replace the so-called Flores Agreement, a pact that involves the release of families in 20 days and that, in the opinion of the current Government, encourages immigrants to enter States United with children.
“No child should be a pawn,” said acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, presenting the new regulations, which will be published Friday in the Federal Register and will enter into force 60 days later – if it does not prosper before some of the resources–.
McAleenan is confident of the deterrent effect of the reform and has ensured that the Government suspects that some families would be “fraudulent,” according to DNA analyzes that have been conducted in a series of pilot programs launched in recent months.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has bragged hard against immigration and last week his Government announced that he would deny visas and permanent residence permits to immigrants without resources, which could reduce the number of tickets by half .
According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, in the last four years, only 18 percent of immigrants released in the United States complied with a court order to leave the country. The data, however, rises to 97 percent in the case of those who were detained.