Congressman García’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Undercut Flores Agreement

August 21, 2019
Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s new ruling that will undercut the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) that currently restricts how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children and establishes basic standards for their care:

“Today in America thousands of young migrant children are crammed into cages and immigration jails, separated from their parents and left without adequate food, beds, or soap. These children look a lot like the ones in my neighborhood in Chicago, including my own grandchildren. Now, Trump wants to eviscerate the last remaining legal protections for these kids – the Flores Agreement.

“Pediatricians and child welfare experts have warned of the life-long harm and trauma that is caused by separating children from their parents, yet the Trump administration has been doing this at an unprecedented scale. Now, Republicans, who call themselves ‘the party of family values,’ are turning a blind eye while the leader of the free world strips kids even further of their human rights, and implements government-sponsored child abuse.

“It is appalling, even for a President whose policies are clearly fueled by hate and racism, that Trump would seek to jail innocent children indefinitely and eliminate guidelines to preserve their human rights while locked up. Every mother and father should be outraged – no child should be subject to the kind of hate-fueled policies we are seeing implemented in America today.

“I strongly condemn the President’s proposal and am confident that these policies will be challenged in the courts, in the Congress, and at every juncture to prevent the free license of government-sponsored child abuse.”