President Trump has ordered the Justice Department to file a request to amend a court agreement known as the Flores Colony to hold immigrant families together at the border. Since the mid-80s, the colony has regulated the detention of immigrant children. On January 17, 1997, the two parties signed the Flores Settlement Agreement (ASL) in Flores v. Reno, which binds the defendants – the federal authorities.  According to the legal non-profit organization Human Rights First, the FSA has demanded that immigration authorities « release children from immigration detention without undue delay, in order of preference, starting with parents and including other adult parents, as well as licensed programs ready to accept custody. » If an appropriate location is not « immediately available, the government is required to place children in a « least restrictive » environment that corresponds to their « age and specific needs. »  The settlement agreement also required the government to « implement standards for the custody and treatment of children in detention.  HOLGUIN: (Laughs) I had no idea, no. It is – this is something that happened quite surprisingly. There is a clause in the original colony of Flores that would have terminated the agreement after five years, but the government had to implement the terms of the transaction as a federal settlement. The government has never done that. And they`ve always never done it.
The government has therefore been able, for many years, to free itself from the requirements of the Flores colony, but it has never had the means to simply adopt the necessary rules for this purpose. The agreement required that children be dismissed as soon as possible, either to their parents, to a legal guardian, another parent, or to a controlled institution ready to take custody of the child. According to a summary by the Congressional Research Service, the order also required that minors who were to be held in police custody be placed in the least restrictive conditions and with some essential necessities such as food and water, access to medical treatment, access to running water, and that they be separated from adults with whom they had no relationship. . . .