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Congressman Biggs’ Statement on Trump Administration’s Flores Settlement Agreement Announcement

August 21, 2019
Press Release

GILBERT, ARIZONA – Today, the Trump administration announced plans to absolve the Flores Settlement Agreement, keeping families together in detention while continuing to provide quality care for illegal aliens. This decision eliminates a lucrative incentive for illegal entry into the United States by removing the requirement to release family units into our communities before their cases have been fully processed. Congressman Biggs announced his support of the rule:

“Most of the Border Patrol agents I encounter have told me that the Flores decision is one of the primary reasons for the influx in illegal immigration into the United States. This rule change removes this incentive from many of the illegal aliens crossing over our southern border with children in hand. Instead of an automatically timed release into our communities, family units can be kept together while their cases are processed and vetted. 

“Congress must act to codify this rule and to implement additional policy measures to curb illegal immigration and secure the border. We are one activist judge and one national injunction away from this rule being discarded, returning our system to a state of chaos. Congress’s refusal to eliminate loopholes and secure the border has contributed to the crisis. It is time for all branches of government to uphold the rule of law.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.