Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Units Are Flooding the Border Because of Catch and Release Loopholes

Release Date: February 15, 2018 Border security includes the ability to remove illegal aliens that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehends, otherwise we are stuck with a system that sanctions catch and release. Due to legal loopholes and court backlogs, even apprehended illegal aliens are released and become part of the temporary, illegal population of people that we cannot remove. This must end now. Legal loopholes are exploited by minors, family units, and human smugglers, and are a magnet for illegal immigration In 1997, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service entered into the Flores Settlement Agreement relating to the detention and release of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) . The Flores settlement agreement has now been litigated for over twenty years, spawning multiple onerous court decisions that handicap the government’s ability to detain and promptly remove UACs. Under the Flores Agreement, DHS can only detain UACs for 20 days before releasing...

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