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Philip Wolgin @pwolgin
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I spent the last month+ doing a deep dive for @CAPimmigration on the proposed rule that would dissolve the Flores settlement / allow the Trump admin to indefinitely detain kids in immigration jails.

Tl;dr it will be VERY costly to the Govt…

The goal of this rule is to ensure that the Trump admin has the ability to lock up children and families seeking asylum for as long as they want.

If it goes into effect, the admin will have unchecked authority to ramp up family incarceration.

DHS/HHS claim they can't estimate the potential costs from indefinitely detaining kids but the math just isn't that hard to do:

At the lowest end the Flores rule will cost $2 BILLION over a decade.

At the highest end it will cost $12.9 BILLION over a decade
And for what? There is AMPLE research that locking up children is seriously harmful to their development.

See this piece from @CAPEarlyEd:…
Just how bad are conditions in the current ICE family incarceration facilities? Read this whistle-blower letter from two doctors who worked in the facilities:

[Trigger Warning - this is VERY hard to read]…
And why does the Trump administration think this rule is a good idea? They claim they need to ramp up incarceration of families as a deterrent to future asylum seekers.

@TomWongPhD has debunked that here:…

and here:…
So if this proposed rule will cost hundreds of millions if not billions, put children/families at risk, and not work as a deterrent, why is the Trump admin moving forward?

As I write: "DHS is choosing to pursue maximum detention at
maximum cost—and with minimal oversight"
So what can you do?

First, read the full piece here and find out just what the Trump admin is up to:…
Then go to and submit a comment now telling the Trump administration not to go forward with this proposal to dissolve the Flores settlement!

#immigration #FamiliesBelongTogether

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