Immigration Law

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019

"In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water, bedding, toothbrushes and soap.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Trump administration to an order by a Los Angeles federal judge who found the government was violating a 1997 settlement. The settlement requires the government to provide detained minors with safe and sanitary conditions.

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee issued the order in 2017 after finding that children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody did not have adequate food, clean water or basic hygiene items and were held in conditions that deprived them of sleep.

The settlement, known as the Flores agreement, required the children be given safe and sanitary quarters."