Judge Questions Trump Administration Lawyer Over Migrant Children

"You mean there are circumstances where a person doesn't need to have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap for days?" A Trump administration lawyer argued that migrant children detained at the southern border don't need basic sanitary items — and they can sleep on concrete.

Trump Admin: Soap, Toothbrushes Not Required for Detained Kids

The Trump administration is appealing a 2017 district court ruling that found the government violated the Flores settlement — which requires safe and sanitary conditions for children detained at the border — by not providing toiletries and adequate sleeping conditions. The administration claims the government is not required to provide migrant children in custody on the border with soap, toothbrushes, or satisfactory bedding, a lawyer for the Trump Justice Department insisted in court. A consent decree guaranteeing “safe and sanitary” conditions, the government contended, is too vague to be enforceable. The assertions left a panel of three judges for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals incredulous, with one stating plainly: “I find that inconceivable that the government would say that.”

The Flores Settlement Agreement is a court settlement, in place for over twenty years, that has set restrictions on the length of time and conditions under which children can be incarcerated in immigration detention. In 2018, the Trump Administration proposed regulations that seek to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement’s legal protections for children, including the provision that children must be transferred to a non-secure, licensed facility within three to five days of apprehension, which has been interpreted to allow for an extension of up to 20 days in times of “emergency” or “influx.” The propositioned regulations include a number of policies which, if implemented, would allow the government to incarcerate more families for even longer periods of time.

In an appeal to a 2017 district court ruling, the Trump administration is arguing it shouldn’t be required to provide toiletries or sufficient sleeping conditions to children detained at the border. All three judges appeared unconvinced during the hearing in San Francisco, in which the Trump administration challenged previous legal findings that it is violating a landmark class action settlement by mistreating undocumented immigrant children at U.S. detention facilities.


06/21/2019 7:17 PM


  • Barbara S.
    07/02/2019 18:24

    Golf every weekend, which cost us money. Well where could that money go instead of golfing. Gee I wonder.

  • Estella L.
    06/30/2019 21:34

    So sad

  • Armando L.
    06/30/2019 19:53

    you are breaking the Geneva Conventions

  • Armando L.
    06/30/2019 19:51

    da da da da shut the hell up you clueless person

  • Armando L.
    06/30/2019 19:50

    typical idiots that they hire and they are the once that screw up the system

  • Steve B.
    06/30/2019 03:54


  • Judy S.
    06/29/2019 08:56

    Shame on you, Donald Trump.

  • Christopher W.
    06/28/2019 17:39

    Number one,there is no crisis at the border.until it's proven to me that there is internment camps with children in them,which there is absolutely no proof of this,then I stand with my party's point: THERE IS No CRISIS AT THE BORDER.camps or otherwise.

  • Greg P.
    06/28/2019 01:53

    Remember. If it on Facebook it must be true. The sheep will follow lmao

  • Greg P.
    06/28/2019 01:51

    Fake news

  • Von L.
    06/27/2019 23:40

    America gets more hilarious with their moral views by the days

  • John M.
    06/27/2019 22:16


  • Raph C.
    06/27/2019 20:55

    Guess they shouldn't have left their own beds at home to come here and burden us taxpayers. Further more every illegal that is taking away from an American that needs the benefits we provide can freeze to death for all I care. That includes women and children

  • Chris P.
    06/27/2019 20:14

    Hitler was right and so is Trump

  • Edna M.
    06/27/2019 15:16

    These people need to be arrested and jailed then tried as war criminals. They are waging a war against humanity.

  • Naz C.
    06/27/2019 11:16

    May God Judge HER himself ! She needs marshmallows where she’s going !!

  • Robin S.
    06/27/2019 08:27

    We have children here LEGALLY that don't have food beds and tooothpaste....let's take care of our own first. We didn't ask them to come here illegally. a parent I wouldn't put my child in this situation. ....

  • Pete G.
    06/27/2019 03:54

    How can she say this !! For $$$$$ $$ ?? Sad excuse FOR a human being!

  • Sean R.
    06/27/2019 03:45

    Turn around and you won't have to deal with it at all

  • Mike M.
    06/27/2019 03:38

    So why hasn’t Nancy Pelosi sought funding for these needs? She refuses to help

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