Trump’s Plan to Indefinitely Detain Families Seeking Asylum is No Solution

September 4, 2019

In an unprecedented campaign to shut off avenues for those seeking asylum, the United States government recently announced its initiative to undercut a 22-year-old settlement that established that children under 18 cannot be detained for more than 20 days. Instead of 20 days, Donald J. Trump’s administration now proposes to put entire families together in detention until their immigration cases are processed.

Lynn Stephen
University of Oregon
Past President


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