President Donald Trump’s administration has disclosed a new plan to scrap a decades old court agreement that limits the detention of unaccompanied children. The court settelment is known as the Flores Agreement, which for two decades has governed the treatement of minors in U.S custody. But once the new rule takes effect, children are expected to languish in detention for three times longer than they do now.
When will the new regulations begin? Maybe never. The Trump administration must first seek approval from Judge Dolly M Gee, who oversaw the original case. If she refuses, a federal appeal could drag on for months or years.