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Trump administration to keep migrant families detained together long term

Children detained st the border
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The Justice Department filed a notice of compliance Friday evening explaining their interpretation of the recent court order forbidding the separation of migrant families, which they say allows Homeland Security to legally keep children in detention with their parents longer than 20 days, despite no change to the Flores Settlement.

Why it matters: This move creates a “Sophie’s choice” for migrant parents, former DOJ immigration lawyer Leon Fresco tells Axios — either they keep their kids in detention for an extended period of time, or allow them to be taken into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.