Flores Settlement Agreement

The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement as it has been interpreted in later court rulings is the primary factor behind the dramatic increases in the numbers of unaccompanied children and family units crossing into the United States.

Kevin McAleenan: The monthly record for families arriving at the border jumped fourfold
September 1, 2019

In May, the number of family units arriving at the southwest border was four times larger than the previous record. A new ruling announced by the Trump administration is intended to remove the incentive for migrants to illegally bring children across the border.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan: Congress encourages child trafficking by failing to act
August 3, 2019

In testimony before a Senate committee, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan explained how Congressional refusal to fix immigration legislation is encouraging the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States.

CBP Chief Mark Morgan defends his agency from accusations of mistreatment of detainees
August 2, 2019

On July 30, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, describing how his agency has been overwhelmed by the immigration crisis.

ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence Testifies Before Congress
July 30, 2019

In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.

Gregory Nevano describes how Mexican cartels benefit from human smuggling of migrants
July 7, 2019

Gregory Nevano, Assistant Director at ICE Homeland Security Investigations, describes the problems of human smuggling and trafficking at the southwestern border, which have intensified with the wave of migration from Central America.