A federal appeals panel Tuesday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to overturn a Los Angeles’ judge’s position that immigrant children caught crossing the border with their parents must be released to relatives in the U.S. as soon as possible and not held for lengthy periods in detention.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals backed the Flores agreement, which guarantees all detained immigrant children humane treatment and the right to be promptly released unless they are a flight risk or a danger to themselves or others.

The two-decade-old Flores pact has been in place since 1997 and is overseen by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles federal court.

The Trump administration has been fighting to have Gee terminate the settlement since 2018, arguing that an influx of immigrants crossing at the U.S.-Mexico border caused the agreement to become redundant.

In response to Gee’s position keeping the agreement intact, Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in October that under President Donald Trump, “the administration is committed to keeping families together, but an activist judge is preparing to order the separation of families in DHS custody.”

According to the appellate panel’s order, Gee did not abuse her discretion by rejecting the Trump administration’s bid to end the agreement.

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