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Trump Administration Seeks to Detain Children Indefinitely

09/06/2018

PHR today denounced the Trump administration’s announcement that it would seek to evade its legal obligations under the Flores settlement, which limits the length of time that children can be detained and creates minimum standards for their housing and care. PHR said that defying the 1997 consent decree would place the administration squarely in breach of its legal obligations and violates international norms protecting the rights and wellbeing of children, refugees, and asylum seekers.

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PHR Echoes Concerns Raised by Homeland Security Health Experts about Family Detention

07/19/2018

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) echoes today the serious concerns expressed by two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) medical experts who have spoken out about the inhumane policy of detaining migrant families. The physicians, who have served as longtime DHS consultants and who monitor family detention centers, warned that any planned expansion of family detention will place children and their families at imminent risk of further harm.

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Physicians for Human Rights Condemns U.S. Attempt to Eliminate Legal Protections for Immigrant Children

06/21/2018

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemned today’s request by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify the 1997 Flores settlement agreement by seeking exemption from the requirements that children be kept in the least restrictive setting possible

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PHR Denounces Executive Order to Replace Separation of Children with Family Detention

06/20/2018

President Trump has signed an Executive Order to end his own administration’s policy of separating migrant and asylum-seeking children from their parents in the face of a massive public outcry and global condemnation. The order calls for children to instead be detained with their families, as part of the administration’s new “zero tolerance” tactic which seeks to prosecute all immigrants who cross the border illegally. To date, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents.

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Families Must be Together in Community-Based Settings: Tent Cities are Inhumane.

06/18/2018

PHR welcomes recent steps by Congress to end the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but rejects any proposal to detain families in tent cities on military bases. PHR urges the Trump administration and Congress to keep families together in community-based settings, which are humane and effective alternatives to detention.

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