ICE ends presumed release for pregnant immigrants, reversing Obama-era policy

ICE ends presumed release for pregnant immigrants, reversing Obama-era policy

ICE ends presumed release for pregnant immigrants, reversing Obama-era policy

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has further closed its positions of obedience to the Trump Administration by announcing that a new detention policy regarding pregnant women will be put in place. She said all women of child-bearing age are tested for pregnancy at the beginning of their detention and ICE provides onsite care and education in addition to off-site access to specialized medical care.

"The document explains that "(the organizations) are gravely concerned with the agency's failure to abide by its own policy against detaining pregnant women, the detention conditions that have been reported by pregnant women in various detention facilities across the country and the lack of quality medical care provided to women who are pregnant or have suffered miscarriages while in custody".

The new policy - sent out in December - is a switch from 2016 when former-President Obama didn't want pregnant women being taken in at all.

Bennet said the new policy meant that "pregnant aliens" would be detained if their detention "is necessary to effectuate removal" or if they are deemed "a flight risk or [a] danger to the community".

Pregnant women I spoke with in ICE custody often didn't get appropriate nourishment, medical care, or prenatal vitamins. It also said it will not detain pregnant women during their third trimester "absent extraordinary circumstances".

But after Trump issued an executive order in January 2017 that required immigration officers to target all undocumented immigrants, the agency made a decision to change the way it dealt with pregnant women. But even under that policy, pregnant women were still sometimes held in detention for weeks or months, a trend that immigrant advocates have said increased after Trump was elected.

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"To miscategorize this as some wholesale change or some kind of draconian act is really just hyperbole", Miller said. Report after report from immigrants' rights watchdog groups have been critical of ICE's ability to provide health care to detainees. "We're aligning this policy, as we have with all of our policies, with the direction from the president". Twelve detainees died in ICE custody in 2017, the deadliest year since 2009.

Others may be subject to mandatory detention because they committed certain crimes within the U.S. He said that on March 20, the last date for which ICE has the data, there were 35 pregnant women in detention, all of them subject to mandatory detention.

Philip Miller, ICE deputy executive associate director, told reporters on Thursday that these pregnant immigrants will be detained on the grounds that ICE believes they could be a threat to the public.

There are now 35 pregnant women in custody, according to Miller.

"The insane thing about it is they're claiming it's because they should be treated like everyone else and that they're going to go after everybody who has immigration status issues, but the reality is that those aren't your only options", Brané said.

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