The Justice Department filed papers in Los Angeles federal court Friday seeking to have families apprehended for illegal border crossings held together, indefinitely, in detention centers.

The filing of the notice of compliance in the case of Flores v. Sessions came three days after a San Diego-based federal judge ordered a halt to the practice of separating children from their parents who entered the U.S. without legal permission.

“We believe that the Flores Agreement permits the government to detain families together to comply with the nationwide order in Ms. L.,” the filing says, referring to the 1997 agreement that set rules for how the government can deal with children suspected of entering the country illegally and Tuesday’s injunction.

“To comply with the Ms. L injunction, the government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry and therefore subject to the Ms. L injunction.”

“The Trump administration has been engaged — since January of 2017 — in restoring order to the lawlessness at the southwest border and protecting our nation’s citizens, but we are beholden to a broken immigration system that Congress has refused to fix and that courts have exacerbated,” a Justice Department statement reads. “While Congress has recessed for the 4th of July holiday, we continue to urge them to act decisively in order to solve the crisis at our border and end `catch and release.”’

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