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August 05, 2015

Rep. Pete Aguilar urges government to stop detaining immigrant families

Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar joined fellow California member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and 176 members of Congress on a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on it to end its Family Detention Program. The letter followed the U.S. District Court’s ruling that the DHS detention program violated the 1997 Flores Settlement, which guided protocol for unaccompanied minors caught crossing the border. It also applies to those apprehended with their parents. Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California ruled on the decision late Friday, July 24th. Alejandra Molina of the Press-Enterprise has the story here.