Statement on termination of the Flores Settlement Agreement

Alexandria, Va. – The announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement is extraordinarily troubling. We are gravely concerned about the families, and particularly the children, who will face indeterminable amounts of time in detention and the emotional and psychological effects this will impose on them for the rest of their lives. Catholic Charities USA is prepared to review the final rule in its entirety once published on Friday, August 23rd, but any rule that systematically and indefinitely detains families is fundamentally unacceptable.

Catholic Charities agencies remain on the front lines of providing humanitarian aid, social services and legal assistance to these immigrant families. We implore the Administration and Congress to address the root causes of migration rather than focusing solely on enforcement measures. Our comments on the proposed rule can be found here.

Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives

CCUSA's Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, the team urges policy makers to encounter the needy and vulnerable in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Patricia Cole, Vice President of External Relations


A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at