The Wall Street Journal: Judge rejects Trump administration bid to allow migrant families to be held long-term

A judge on Monday refused the Trump administration’s request to change a longstanding federal court settlement so that officials could detain asylum-seeking families together during lengthy immigration proceedings.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee in Los Angeles further complicates the administration’s efforts to reunite more than more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents since this spring under a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border-crossers.

Amending the so-called Flores settlement was a central part of President Donald Trump’s executive order ending the practice of family separations. Justice Department officials had for weeks said the separations were unavoidable because the 1997 settlement bars authorities from detaining children for more than 20 days when their parents are arrested for trying to enter the U.S.

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