Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Saga of the Flores Litigation Continues -- U.S. Government Tells Ninth Circuit that Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap, Toothbrushes

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The settlement on the Flores case for a generation has restricted the detention of migrant juveniles.  It remains in place and has drawn the ire of the Trump administration.  Yesterday, a U.S. appellate court hear the administration's latest challenges to the Flores settlement..

Courthouse News reports that the Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel (Wallace Tashima, Marsha Berzon, William Fletcher, three Clinton appointees)  that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that requires detainees be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities.

All three judges appeared incredulous during the hearing in San Francisco, in which the Trump administration challenged previous legal findings that it is violating a landmark class action settlement by mistreating undocumented immigrant children at U.S. detention facilities.



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