Pregnant women can now be kept in immigration detention, after a recent change in regulations inspired by President Trump.
Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke stated, “Some of the individual anecdotes that were shared to us by the women in detention include women not being able to have prenatal medical care, not being able to have blankets to keep themselves warm at night, being transported and handled in a rough manner that they fear will be to the detriment of their health. We know of at least three miscarriages that were documented by the American Civil Liberties Union — that’s a real concern to me.”
O’Rourke spoke to NowThis previously when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement followed previous regulations and only detained pregnant women in extraordinary circumstances. But the department just released stricter regulations to follow a recent executive order from Trump. ICE will now review pregnant women on a “case-by-case basis” to determine if they are released and says it won’t detain women in their third trimester.
They stated, “ICE detention facilities will continue to provide onsite prenatal care and education, as well as remote access to specialists for pregnant who remain in custody.
The new policy was finalized in December 2017, since then, ICE has reportedly detained 506 women.