CALIFORNIA (PM) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a previous court order forcing the Trump administration to provide essential personal hygiene objects to children in detention at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
The ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco deals a loss to the Trump administration, which had disputed a lower court decision two years ago ordering U.S. officials to provide basic personal hygiene articles as well as satisfactory sleeping conditions, temperatures and food and water to children in detention at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.
The appeals court’s ruling essentially upholds the two-decade-old Flores settlement, which mandates key features of how immigrant minors can be held by authorities, including that they are kept under the “least restrictive conditions” possible.
“Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children’s safety,” the appeals court panel ordered.
“The district court properly construed the agreement as requiring such conditions rather than allowing the government to decide whether to provide them,” they continued.
The Justice Department declined comment.
Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian made news in June when she claimed before the panel that the Flores agreement did not stipulate that the government was expected to give soap or oral hygiene products.