In theory, Flores could be replaced at any time by DUS rules – this was not a de facto law, but only a framework to be respected, while the government establishes permanent rules to ensure that migrant children have been properly protected. (What is considered “appropriate” is of course left to the court.) Or Congress could pass a law that clarifies that children can be raised in immigration and customs institutions, just like adults, eliminating the Colony of Flores. In her July 2017 ruling, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said the children in U.S. custody were caught by customs and border guards due to inadequate conditions and sleep-deprived food and water and “basic hygiene items,” which was contrary to the Flores colonization agreement.  She ordered the federal government to provide a disaggregated list and improve conditions.  The federal government appealed the decision and stated that the 1997 Flores Agreement did not mention “allowing children to sleep or wash with soap.” The solution to the crisis of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration has decided, is to get rid of a 1997 Federal Court ruling that severely limits the government`s ability to keep children in immigration detention. The Flores colony requires the federal government to do two things: to place children “without unnecessary delay” with a close relative or family friend instead of keeping them in detention; and to keep migrant children in detention in “the least restrictive conditions”. The 1997 agreement to Flores v. Reno has established national standards for the treatment and placement of minors in immigration and naturalization service (INS) detention. The INS`s commitments under the agreement are now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The agreement establishes minimum standards for initial detention and a policy of preference for the release of minors. It also requires that children who remain in police custody be placed in the least restrictive environment and requires the provision of information, treatment and services. In 1985, two organizations filed a class action on behalf of immigrant children detained by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to challenge proceedings relating to the detention, treatment and release of children. After many years of litigation, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the parties reached an agreement in 1997. It is absolutely unclear that Trump can legally pass an implementing regulation that would cancel the Flores transaction. That`s why analysts believe any order Trump issues to keep families in custody in DHS will be challenged by legal action and could be thwarted. In 2017, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee found that children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Guards had “food, clean water, and basic hygiene items” and were insomniacs. She ordered the federal government to provide items such as soap and improve conditions.
 The federal government appealed the decision and stated that the injunction requiring it to offer certain items and services exceeded Flores` original agreement. . . .