WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opposes the administration’s proposal to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement, a 1997 decree that established strict standards for migrant minors held in detention centers. The changes proposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security effectively eliminate the rules that prevent unlivable conditions and indefinite detention of children.
“The Flores Agreement is not a ‘legal loophole.’ It is an important decision to uphold the basic rights of children that are in an unfamiliar country by no fault of their own and certainly do not belong in a detention center. Efforts to reform our immigration system should be focused on maximizing the incredible economic contributions of the immigrant population, not threatening the livelihoods of immigrant children,” said Fernand Fernandez, Interim President & CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier this year, the USHCC wrote a letter to Congress condemning the separation of migrant children from their parents as a result of the administration’s “zero-tolerance policy.” The organization also repeatedly called for greater efforts to reunite families that had been separated.
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.