New Jersey sues Trump Administration over immigration policy for migrant children

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New Jersey is one of 19 states suing the Trump Administration over a plan to remove the limit on how long migrant children can be kept in detention centers.

A decades-old agreement known as the ‘Flores Settlement’ says children shouldn't spend more than 20 days there.

The White House claims it's now working to allow longer detention of immigrant families.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says, “For over two decades, across administrations, the federal government followed legal protections to ensure detained immigrant children are released as quickly possible. The Department of Homeland Security's new rule strips away those protections, allowing for the prolonged detention of children in conditions that are harmful to their mental and physical health. This rule violates the law, and we're going to court to stop it."

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