Statement by Satsuki Ina on the Federal Regulation Announced Today to Permit Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children

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The Trump administration announced new regulations today that would remove the Flores settlement’s protections for child welfare, permitting indefinite detention of migrant children and families with minimal oversight.

The administration claims that stripping away the current legal protections for children is ‘an urgent humanitarian necessity’ that would ‘protect these children from abuse.’ This is Orwellian and wrong.

As Japanese American survivors and descendants of U.S. concentration camps, we know that imprisoning parents and children causes deep harm that is passed down from generation to generation. We will not stand by quietly as this administration seeks to inflict the pain on others that our community suffered in World War II.

 

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