Original column - The New York Post

How do you stop the torrent of kids risking their lives and coming to America illegally? One key way: by finally fixing the Flores agreement, as President Trump hopes to do.

Wednesday, Trump unveiled a plan to scrap the 20-day limit on keeping migrant kids in detention. The cap, in effect since 2015 and part of the 1997 Flores consent decree, set up a Catch-22: If kids can’t be held more than 20 days, and no one wants to separate them from their parents (or other adults they come with), then the only option is to release the whole family.

That creates an enormous incentive for adult migrants to bring kids along, even if the journey puts them in danger. And it makes America’s immigration system unworkable.

Pro-immigration advocates, of course, blast the plan, calling it a cruel way to cut immigration: “This new rule is about letting President Trump . . . keep children in awful conditions for longer periods of time and continue the administration’s horrid treatment of innocent migrant families,” huffs Sen. Chuck Schumer.