Flores v. Lynch, No. 15-56434 (9th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
The plaintiff class and the government entered into a settlement agreement in 1997 which “sets out nationwide policy for the detention, release, and treatment of minors in the custody of the INS.” In 2015, the plaintiff class moved to enforce the Settlement, arguing that it applied to all minors in the custody of immigration authorities. The court concluded that the settlement unambiguously applies both to accompanied and unaccompanied minors, but does not create affirmative release rights for parents. The district court erred in interpreting the Settlement to provide release rights to adults. The court also concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to amend on the record before it. Accordingly, the court affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings.