The Trump administration plans to scrap the Flores rule and introduce a new rule, allowing the U.S. government to keep migrant families together and end the limits on the detention of migrant families.

The new regulation will protect children by reducing incentives for adults and human smugglers “to exploit minors in the dangerous journey to the U.S., using children to beat the system and be released in the United States,” said acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.||38c5d386f__

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“No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system,” said McAleenan.

McAleenan made the announcement at a news conference in Washington, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

“The Trump administration has established a new rule to respond to the realities of current immigration flows, a rule based on the principle that families should remain together during immigration proceedings,” said McAleenan.

He said that the administration considered over 100,000 comments from stakeholders, members of the public, and from a comprehensive review that took almost two years of work by the Department Homeland Security and Health and Human Services professionals.

“At the heart of this new rule are two core principles that families should remain together during immigration proceedings and that conditions for care of children must be appropriate,” said McAleenan.

He continued stating that the new rule “establishes a high national standard for care of children and families in custody” and allows the U.S. government to keep families together.

McAleenan added that the new rule will “restore integrity to our immigration system and eliminates the incentive for children to be used or exploited to enter the United States.”

Under the new ruling, McAleenan said housing facilities for families will be “appropriately, fundamentally different,” stating that there will be “campus-like settings with appropriate medical educational recreational dining and private housing facilities.”

The aim of the new rule is to expedite the processing process. “There is no intent to hold families for a long period of time,” said McAleenan who stated that from prior experience, the average time would be “under 50 days” for a “fair but expeditious immigration proceeding.”

McAleenan emphasized that the new rule would protect children from exploitation and prevent adults and human smugglers.

“No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system,” said McAleenan, who continued stating, “Which is why the new rule eliminates the incentive to exploit children as a free ticket, or as one gentleman in Guatemala told me, a passport for migration to the United States.”

Currently, migrant parents and children entering the country are often released into the United States, while their asylum requests take time through the courts.

McAleenan said the flawed Flores rule has triggered an exodus of Central American families to arrive at the U.S. border. It is therefore a top priority for the Trump administration to end the Flores agreement in its endeavor to resolve the illegal immigration problem at the southern border.

Whereas the new rule to be formally published on Friday and which would take effect in 60 days—absent legal challenges—would deter human traffickers from exploiting children.

This new policy is the latest endeavor by the Trump administration to curb illegal immigration from the southern border. McAleenan said once the Flores rule is ended, the numbers of illegal immigrants would fall significantly.

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