The rule, revealed by Acting Secretary of the Interior Kevin McLean, is part of the administration's aggressive efforts to update immigration laws as the number of families and unaccompanied minors cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to what is known as Flores Settlement, the government is required to release a minor from a non-licensed facility as soon as possible, which is set at 20 days.
McAllen stated that the rule is intended to reduce the number of families trying to enter the United States.
that feeds the crisis, "he told a news conference Wednesday.
The proposal will provide the government with a new licensing authority allowing the use of a state license or standards for immigration detention and customs enforcement, according to a DHS official, meaning families can be kept longer than 20 days.
The regulation will certainly face legal challenges and must also be considered by the judge who oversees the Flores settlement. This will take effect 60 days after its official publication later this week.
"This is another brutal attack on children that the Trump administration has targeted over and over with its anti-immigrant policies," said Madhuri Grewal, a policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union. "The government should not detain children and certainly should not seek to bring more children to prison for a long time."
In July, there was a large influx of families and children detained on the southern border in July. As early as this year, over 430,000 family members were arrested for crossing the southern border illegally, compared to about 1
This story is being broken and will be updated.
Sam Fosum of CNN contributed to this report.