WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new rule to implement the Flores settlement agreement.
“Adults are buying, exploiting and endangering children in order to enter the United States as a result of a court’s misguided interpretation of the Flores settlement agreement. In implementing a rule that corrects this error, the Trump Administration is codifying protections to ensure children are treated with dignity and kept with their families. Publication of this rule will fulfill the terms of the Flores agreement as the settlement intended and closes a loophole that has fueled illegal immigration at the expense of young boys and girls.
“Both President Trump and former President Obama have worked to correct the damage done by the faulty 2015 Flores decision, and the rule reflects a policy solution that people across the political spectrum can welcome as compassionate, fair and long overdue. With this rule, President Trump is fulfilling a promise to address our border crisis by fixing one of several existing immigration loopholes.
Congress should do its part with legislation to fix this and other loopholes, to help protect children and to secure our southern border by passing the Fix the Immigration Loopholes Act.