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Delaware, Virginia, Maryland & 17 Other States Sue Trump Administration Over Family Detention Law

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Trump Administration recently announced a new rule that would eliminate the Flores Agreement, which prevented U.S. officials from detaining migrant families and unaccompanied minors for more than 20 days. 

Under the new rule, there would be no proposed limit to the number of days families with children could be detained. 

Steven Planzer, who has worked as an immigration lawyer for 10 years, thinks the president is taking advantage of children in order to build border security. 

"I believe that Trump is using children as pawns in order to secure a more secure border. And a discussion of whether or not the border is secure, that's a whole different discussion," said Planzer. 

Delaware Attorney Kathy Jennings released a statement saying she is joining the lawsuit. 

“The federal government is detaining children in detestable living conditions,” said Attorney General Jennings. “We have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that children in our country’s custody are safe, that they are treated humanely, and that they are detained no longer than necessary. This issue goes beyond party or politics: our treatment of children speaks to our values as a nation.”

However, some think it isn't the state's place to argue. 

"Delaware needs to focus on Delawareans, truth be told. And I think they ought to allow the federal government to focus on the immigration laws," said former Trump campaign chairman Rob Arlett. 

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said there is "no intent" to hold families for "a very long time." 

"I don't think they should stay longer than seven days, if at all," said Diane O'Connor, a Lewes resident. "I understand they may have to stay a few days but I think we need to get more judges or do whatever we need to do to not put families in that situation for so long."

Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee, who oversees the Flores Agreement, must approve Trump's changes. If the Trump Administration obtains approval, the new rule will be in effect in 60 days. 

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