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Immigration Law

Expert: Any Regulatory 'Reform' of Flores Settlement Would Trigger Lawsuit (Law360)

Nicole Narea, Law360, May 20, 2019

"The 1997 Flores Settlement, which stems from a 1985 class action known as Flores filed on behalf of migrant kids in government detention, limits the amount of time minors can spend in immigration detention, among other regulations. Trump has already tried to upend it administratively and in the courts, but now appears to be attempting to do so legislatively in his reform proposal, policy analysts said. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School, said that altering Flores is one prong of Trump’s reform proposal that he need not rely on Congress to achieve. It could be implemented if the proposed regulation is finalized. “Depending on the language, the final rule could attempt to implement President Trump's efforts to deport immigrant children more quickly,” he said. “The final rule will surely be challenged in court, however.” "