Acting CBP Commissioner Backs Trump Admin’s New Immigration Rule: It’s a ‘Game-Changer’

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan is backing the Trump administration’s move to hold migrant families for a more extended period of time during their legal processing at the southern border.

The Trump administration is looking to scrap the migrant detention limits in the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement as they issued a new rule on Wednesday called the “Flores Final Rule,” as IJR News reported. Under the current agreement, migrant families can only be detained for 20 days.

The decades-long immigration law has had some worried that it’s encouraged migrants to travel with children to use them as “‘a passport to the United States,'” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said during Wednesday’s press conference.

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During Thursday’s interview with “Fox & Friends,” the CBP commissioner said, “This is a game-changer.”

He said the 20-day limit is “not long enough” for the legal processing, which, as he notes, has been the “significant driver” of the massive influx of immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year.

Currently, there were 432,838 apprehensions of family units at the southern border in the fiscal year of 2019, with two months still to go.

Morgan also knocked the “false narrative” that the change would be an “indefinite” time period for migrants detained, as he said, instead, “… it’s about 40 or 50 days.”

“From 20 to about 50 to 60 days, in general, is what we’re talking about,” he explained. “It’s not indefinite. It’s just long enough to go through the immigration process.”

He is “anticipating” with the new immigration change that “we’re going to see some lawsuits like we have seen any other attempt at initiative to stem this flow by this president’s administration.”

“This will absolutely eliminate a significant part of this crisis,” he added.

Watch Morgan’s interview below:

Additionally, former Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan spoke out about the new rule, as he also told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that the Flores settlement loophole is a “main magnet” that attracts migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Although it could hit some bumps with lawsuits and needs the approval of a judge, the new rule is expected to take effect in 60 days.


  1. Judges should not be involved , should not have a say, what is done with foreigners invading this nation. They do not have rights here, they are not Americans. That said, there are those who come and are exploited by American companies , especially “farmers” – they are worked from dawn to dusk and paid basically a chicken a day. It is way past time to pass laws insuring that all who are involved in the hiring of illegals be made to pay so much that they end up in the hole financially and in prison for a minimum of 1 year. Fine these American monsters and traitors per illegal , per day the illegal has been here at least, 50000.00 plus force them to pay the illegal the difference between what they were paid and the minimum wage, then fine the illegal the amount of those back wages and immediately take them back to the border, they can hoof it back to where they came from. If there are children then we must transport them back to their home country, by children I mean under the age of 14. If the illegal has committed a crime while here, brand them , right between the eyes so that if they enter America again they will be known immediately for what they are, a repeat offender who commits other crime while here. For crimes , outside of invading this nation, committed by illegals not only should they pay but those who house and employ them should pay as well. Prison time + financial compensation to the victims.

  2. The “Flores Settlement Agreement” is a compromise. It’s not statutory law. It’s NEVER been ruled constiturional or not AND its been horribly abused and exploited by criminal invaders. q.v. the selective interpretation of the 14th amendment.

    It’s a bureaucratic kluge and SHOULD be eliminated if not heavily modified.

  3. Do it! We absolutely need to do something to stop the insane practices at our border. Democrats rabidly oppose any restrictions on anyone entering the country and blame Republicans and President Trump for separating families when it was practiced even when Obama was president. This practice of allowing people to apply for asylum after entering the country needs to stop. Once they get in, it is a guarantee they will stay and be protected by Democrat-run sanctuary cities. Not a one of them should be released to roam the country at will, as few to none ever return and show up for assigned court dates. Our immigration laws, thanks to Democrats and a do-nothing Congress are the laughing stock of the world because we essentially don’t have any immigration laws and the few we do have are constantly opposed or ignored by Democrats, activist judges, the ACLU, and the Left media, all who would rather see America as an overrun country full of leeches sucking off the taxpayers, contributing absolutely nothing to the country, don’t even want to become citizens, won’t learn our English language and bring no skills with them, just need and a vote. We have the most useless Congress made up of mostly useless people and the only way we could ever change it is term limits, which Democrats also rabidly oppose.

    1. Not only that, the fraudulent ones need to be prosecuted and worked to pay for their crimes and then sent packing.

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