Trump administration may allow longer detention of migrant families

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House will push for longer detentions of migrant children arrested on the border.

That’s from two administration officials, who say a new regulation is expected to be announced Wednesday. It would replace the so-called Flores Settlement Agreement, which bans holding migrant children in custody for more than 20-days.

The Trump administration has been complaining that the limit forces it to either release migrant families together or separate them.

One official says the change will close what that official called a “loophole in the system.”

The official says it gives migrant families an incentive to come to the U.S., knowing they may not be held in custody for very long.

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