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HHS cancels funding for recreational activities in unaccompanied minor shelters

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 30, 2019

    Initially reported in media, HHS, via an email to unaccompanied minor shelters, notified them that that the government will not pay for education or recreational activities retroactive to May 22, including related personnel costs, characterizing those costs as “unallowable.” A HHS official later told the Washington post that the ORR would be discontinuing funding for activities “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation." [ID #81]

    HHS Email to Child Migrant Shelters Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters
  2. Effective Date

    May 22, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Minors Detention
Agencies Affected: ORR ICE

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • September 16, 1996 The Flores Agreement sets out a nationwide policy for the detention, release, and treatment of minors in the custody of the DHS and HHS. Minors must be placed in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor's age and special needs, provided that such setting is consistent with its interests to ensure the minor's timely appearance for immigration interviews and the immigration courts and to protect the minor's well-being and that of others. Flores Settlement Agreement


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