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The Trump Administration Is Quietly Trying To Undo The Flores Agreement To Indefinitely Detain Children

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In 1985, there was a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of unaccompanied minors being held in custody by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In 1997, it was finally ruled that children held in detention centers could only be there for a limited of time.

Under the Flores Agreement: “Where the INS determines that the detention of the minor is not required either to secure his or her timely appearance before the INS or the immigration court, or to ensure the minor’s safety or that of others, the INS shall release a minor from its custody without unnecessary delay.”

But that may soon change.

The Trump administration wants to do away with the Flores Agreement in order for children to remain in detention centers for a longer period of time, possibly indefinitely.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that their proposal will be a “basic purpose” of the Flores Agreement, and adds that children will be treated with “dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors.”

“Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country,” Nielsen said. “This rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress.”

As of now, children are only allowed to remain in detention for 20 days unless they opt out.

The original agreement says that children (accompanied or not) who do not pose a flight risk can be released with their families while they await immigration proceedings. Now, under the new proposal, the kids and the families will remain in detention until their case is closed, which means they either gain asylum or get deported.

“The Trump administration has been whittling away at the basic rights of women and children since they came into office,” Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission told The New York Times. “Efforts to weaken or eliminate basic child protection standards by calling them a burden or loopholes, and eliminating their obligations for the basic care of children, is just another example of the administration’s abdication of human rights.”

Immigrant rights organizations are already promising lawsuits if the protections are rescinded.

“We will oppose in court any effort to terminate the Flores settlement unless and until the Government proposes regulations that provide for the safe and humane treatment of detained children and that are fully consistent with the terms of the settlement we negotiated in 1997,” President of the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Peter Schey, said to NPR.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agreed with that sentiment. Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction: “It is sickening to see the United States government looking for ways to jail more children for longer. That’s the complete opposite of what we should be doing — and it’s yet another example of the Trump administration’s hostility toward immigrants resulting in a policy incompatible with the most basic human values.”


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[VIDEO] People Are Boycotting Salt Bae Restaurants After He Was Recorded Serving Steak To Venezuela's President As Venezuelans Starve

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[VIDEO] People Are Boycotting Salt Bae Restaurants After He Was Recorded Serving Steak To Venezuela’s President As Venezuelans Starve

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Salt Bae is facing harsh criticism after feeding Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

The viral sensation won the hearts of millions with his unique, maybe unsanitary, way of salting slabs of meat for his adoring fans. However, some of that love has soured after Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, posted videos to Instagram of him serving Venezuela’s president and his wife. President Maduro was in Istanbul, Turkey when he visited Nusr-Et steakhouse for a taste of the celebrity chef’s famous steaks. Maduro was on his way home from a trip to China where he was trying to raise money to help the failing South American country.

Venezuelan citizens have lost 24 pounds on average since 2017 because of the economic disaster that has left 90 percent of the population in poverty. The videos of Maduro and Gökçe acting like pals has caused severe backlash and Gökçe has deleted the videos from his Instagram page. However, the internet never forgets and screen recordings live forever. President Maduro and Gökçe shared a hug at the end of the post and the two spoke about reconnecting in Caracas, Venezuela in the future.

Upset Venezuelans and sympathizers have taken to Gökçe’s Instagram account to air their anger.

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There’s nothing a few emojis can’t say.

Others have suggested that he should visit Venezuela and experience the economic collapse personally.

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Venezuela’s economy has been on a sever downward spiral since 2015. The economic crisis led to political and social unrest as citizens of the South American country lost everything, including the ability to buy food.

And some people started calling for a boycott of Gökçe’s restaurants.

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Venezuelans across the world are infuriated at images of President Maduro and his wife eating steak while their citizens starve and fall deeper into economic despair.

Fans and social media followers are asking for an apology.

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As of the writing of this article, Gökçe has only deleted the posts and seems to act like nothing happened. Not once has he acknowledged the anger from fans and Venezuelans.

A lot of people are furious at his silence in the face of mounting criticism.

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While President Maduro and Gökçe continue their lives, outrage has mounted and protests have sprung up in front of Nusr-Et steakhouses.

Angry Venezuelans and supports protested in front of Gökçe’s Miami restaurant.

Thousands of Venezuelans have fled from the South American country and sought shelter in Miami. Much like the Cuban population, they have made the south Florida city their home and are using their voice to bring attention to the catastrophe of their homeland.

The crowd chanted, “Boycott. Boycott. Boycott.”

Hundreds of Venezuelans and sympathizers made it clear that they will not be silenced. Their anger and outrage caused a stir in front of the restaurant as the crowd demanded an apology.

Despite protests, Gökçe has remained silent.

A look through his Instagram shows several posts since the videos were taken down of him in suits and sunglasses modeling for the camera. Fans are waiting for an official apology from Gökçe.


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