Lawsuits expected if Biden decides to detain migrant families at the border
New reports indicate the Biden Administration is actively considering detaining migrant families who illegally cross the border. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported it’s one of multiple proposals they are considering ahead of the end of title 42 May 11th, which allowed immigrants to be deported almost immediately on public health grounds.
If the Biden Administration does decide to detain the families, officials said it will be done in compliance with the Flores settlement agreement, which sets standards for the quality of facilities unaccompanied children must be held in, and prevents them from being held for more than 20 days.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the real answer to this is comprehensive immigration reform. He said he’ll ask Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis to reintroduce a bipartisan plan they brought forward at the end of last year that never got over the finish line.
Schumer immigration: “I think the best way to solve this problem is in a bipartisan solution. That’s the only way it’s worked.”
Republicans say the Biden Administration isn’t doing enough to secure the border.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA: “I’ve seen no indication that the Biden administration is serious about controlling the human train wreck at the border. In fact, I think the Biden administration I, it’d be a lot more intellectually honest, if it would just come out and say we believe in an open borders, we believe that vetting people at the border is racist.”
If the President moves forward with this, lawsuits are expected. The executive director of the ACLU said his organization will fight the Biden administration all the way, and added in a statement: “Putting children and their parents behind barbed wire to deter them from seeking safety should shock the conscience of every American who believes in fairness, safety, and basic human dignity for all people.”
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