Proposed Administrative Rule Threatens to Eliminate Existing "Flores” Protections for Migrant Children!
First Family Separation...Now a Removal of Protections is Proposed!
The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy separated immigrant families at the border, causing public outcry. In response, the administration has taken steps to reduce separations at the border-- but on Sept. 7th instead proposed another damaging practice of jailing immigrant families and children together for indefinite periods of time while their immigration cases are processed.

How Have Children in Detention Been Protected in Recent Decades?
Almost 30 years ago, a young girl named Jenny Flores fled El Salvador to seek safety with her aunt in the U.S. Instead of being released into the arms of a loved one, Jenny was apprehended at the border and locked in a detention facility, strip searched, and detained with adults she did not know. A class-action lawsuit eventually brought the abuses of children in detention to the attention of the courts, which established a set of protections in 1997 for children in custody, referred to as "Flores." Existing Flores standards have required:
1) Children must be released from custody without delay and preferences release to a parent;
Or, when they cannot be released because of public safety or flight risk concerns,
2) Children must be held in the least restrictive setting; generally, in a non-secure facility
licensed by a child welfare entity.

How Would the Proposed New Rule Harm Children?
The proposed regulation, titled “Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children,” would:
1) Dismantle Flores settlement protections for children
2) Allow for the indefinite detention of immigrant children and families
3) Reject more humane, 99% effective, far less expensive alternatives to mass
detention
What Can We DO to
Protect Children?
Submit Public Comments by Nov 6th Against Ending Flores!
Use suggestions below to inspire your own, as duplicate comments are counted just once!
M y faith values lead me to oppose the proposed rule “ Apprehension, Processing, Care, and
Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children” ICEB-2018-0002 because:
  • Jesus cared deeply for the protection and love of children, saying “Let the little children come to me” (Mt. 19:14). Jesus’ family, like migrant families today, experienced the need to escape from life threatening dangers.
  • Detention, even for a short time, has been proven to be devastating to a child’s development, health and well-being. This proposed rule permitting indefinite detention is abusive and inhumane. The Flores settlement now ensures children are treated with “dignity, respect and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors” but the proposed rule fails to meet those standards.
  • There are proven, effective alternatives to detention—such as the Family Case Management System—that should be used instead, as they are less harmful to children and far less costly.
  • It is unacceptable for the administration to have the authority to certify that its own jails are safe for children. Detention facilities have been proven often to be dangerous to the health and well-being of vulnerable children.
  • The proposed rule is an unnecessary burden on taxpayers. Alternatives to detention are proven to be effective and humane, and the proposed rule is a needless and wasteful use of resources.
HOW Can We Submit Comments?
1) SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT ONLINE at: https://www.fwd.us/action/stop-family-
 detention-comment/ . Note: You can cut and paste in your unique comments there!

IF YOU PREFER TO MAIL A HARD COPY of your comment , use this address to
send with postmark no later than Nov. 6 to : Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director
Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of
Homeland Security 500 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20536. You MUST
include your first and last name, and ICEB-2018-0002 on your comment.

2) GO HERE FOR RESOURCES to learn more, share with your friends,
and see how you can hold a "Protect Kids and Families Party!":

3) PLEASE EMAIL to Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Disciples Refugee & Immigration
Ministries, at sstanley@dhm.disciples.org , to share if you have submitted a
comment either online or via mail , as we are tracking faith comments! Call
Sharon at 202-957-7826 with any questions!
See much more info. and additional resources about Flores protections at: http://bit.ly/FamilyDetentionFloresProtections
Follow Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries on Twitter @StanleyRea, and on FB at: http://bit.ly/RIMFacebook, and call Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, with any questions: 202-957-7826.