President Trump’s new executive order requires the children of border crossers to be detained with their family members. Although a slight improvement over family separation, Trump’s decision raises different questions of whether detaining families together violates the 1997 Flores Settlement, whereby children have to be released after 20 days, which would necessitate family separation. According to Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh, the potential Flores problem could be mitigated entirely by Trump if he relied on alternatives to detention (ATD) programs instead of uniform detention of all border crossers.
- “Alternatives to Detention Are Cheaper than Universal Detention,” by Alex Nowrasteh
- “How Trump Can End the Family-Separation Mess and Still Win,” by Alex Nowrasteh
- “Criminal Immigrants in Texas: Illegal Immigrant Conviction and Arrest Rates for Homicide, Sexual Assault, Larceny, and Other Crimes,” by Alex Nowrasteh