STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement in response to Friday evening's decision in Flores v. Lynch by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee that detained immigrant children should be released within five days.
Friday's ruling answered the government's response to Judge Gee's July settlement agreement in the case. In its response, the government claimed conditions in family detention centers had already been improved according to the settlement. Judge Gee found that not to be the case and has given the federal government until October 23rd to implement her ruling.
"We have long known that immigrant families and children have been housed in sub-standard detention centers, both here in Arizona and in other states," said Senator Miranda. "The conditions in which they are being held were seen by state leaders and the media last year in Nogales and universally deemed to be unacceptable and inhumane."
"That 'surge' of immigrants has since subsided and now is the time for the government to accept judge's ruling and adopt policies that improve conditions at detention centers and expedite the release of children to their parents."