CCUSA comments on rule-making regarding detention of migrant children and their families

Alexandria, Va. (Nov. 6, 2018) –Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) urged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, to either withdraw the proposed rule entitled “Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Minors” (DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-002) or to revise the rule so as to mirror the requirements agreed upon in the Flores Agreement. The Flores Agreement set forth foundational principles and critical protections regarding the care, custody, and release of accompanied and unaccompanied immigrant children.

“We are deeply concerned that provisions in this proposed
rule, if implemented, would undo over a decade of judicial and local practice,” said Brian Corbin, Executive Vice President for Member Services, Catholic Charities USA.  “We strongly oppose any effort that would compromise and weaken the protection of children by allowing them to remain in detention over 20 days; fail to place children in the least restrictive age and needs appropriate environment; and lessen standards of care and treatment of children detained in immigration custody.”

Read the full letter here.


Patricia Cole, VP Communications


Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.