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The United States Government announced on Wednesday a plan to allow the detention of undocumented families and children for longer than current regulations allow, in order to curb the flood of paperless immigrants arriving from Central America.

The Department of Homeland Security explained in a statement that the decision, which will be published in the Federal Register this Friday and will enter into force in 60 days since then, is intended to end the so-called Flower Agreement , which since 1997 establishes protection measures for unaccompanied migrant children, from social benefits to maximum detention periods.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, that agreement "originally had to remain in force for no more than five years" , but it has been extended without previous administrations adopting a definitive rule.

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