Advocates say the government isn’t complying with the decades-old Flores agreement.
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The children's descriptions of various facilities are part of a voluminous and at times scathing report filed in federal court this week in Los Angeles in a case over whether the Trump administration is meeting its obligations under a long-standing settlement governing how young immigrants should be treated in custody.Dozens of volunteer lawyers, interpreters and other legal workers fanned out across the southwest in June and July to interview more than 200 immigrant parents and children in holding facilities, detention centers and a youth shelter.Advocates said the government isn't complying with the decades-old Flores agreement, which lays out detention conditions and release requirements for immigrant children.Many of the children described conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities where they were taken and processed in the initial days after crossing the border.Some children were later sent to the Casa Padre shelter in Texas for immigrant children traveling alone or who were separated from their parents.
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