Amid varied policies that have positively and negatively impacted the undocumented families in the past, the US government on Wednesday yet again announced a new proposal that would now detain the migrant families together for an indefinite time.
The new proposal was a replacement for the earlier Flores settlement, which stated a 20-day limit for holding children. As the new proposal appeared to be a part of US’ aggressive efforts to renew the existing immigration laws, the analysts argued that it would definitely discourage the migrant families from coming to the US.
There has been a surge in the number of undocumented families and unaccompanied minors through the US-Mexico border. The new rule unveiled by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was henceforth an attempt to halt the crisis at the border, which has evenly impacted the citizens and services.
In the same context, McAleenan on Wednesday said, “By closing this key loophole in Flores, the new rule will restore integrity to our immigration system and eliminate the major pull factor fueling the crisis.”
Earlier also the Trump administration put in huge efforts to curb illegal and legal immigration by proposing stricter rules, though their efforts largely went in vain. In early August, a Washington federal judge Randolph Moss, an Obama appointee, ruled against the administration’s policy of allowing only legal migrants to claim for the asylum.
Days later, the government passed 837-page regulations, with which the government had the privilege to accept or reject the legal entries in the country through green card and visa applications. The opposition claimed that the undocumented families seemed nowhere near to be benefitting with the proposed set of rules.
Though the government’s decision to end the temporary protected status for migrants from certain countries was appreciated by many as the initial conditions necessitated for protection no longer existed. As a part of providing proper facilities to the undocumented families in the asylums, the government has also decided to limit the avenues.
Recent data showed that the number of undocumented children attempting to cross the border have increased recently. Thus, the government claimed that the new rule would keep the families together. Against critics’ claim that the proposed policies were largely unfair to the undocumented migrants, President Trump said, “I’m the one that kept the families together. With what we’re doing now, we’ll do even more of that, but it will make it almost impossible for people to come into our country illegally.”
The new regulation is definite to face legal challenges, while being examined by the judge who oversees the Flores settlement and will take 60-days time post its formal publishing. While many criticize the entire move as a cruel attack on undocumented families and their children, the Trump administration has called it a necessary measure to improve the existing crisis in the country.