The administration’s immigration crackdown has harmed pregnant women
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used to have limits on detaining pregnant immigrants, which almost always required releasing them on bond or under supervision. The Trump-Pence administration, however, has a “zero tolerance” policy, which aims to prosecute every person crossing the border. Now the has expanded its power to detain pregnant immigrants — including those seeking asylum.
The new policy of proactively detaining pregnant immigrants went into effect in December 2017, but the administration didn’t officially announce the change until March 2018.Washington Post
Pregnant detainees have reported ICE verbally abused them, didn’t provide medical care, and physically hurt them — including shackling them around the stomach.Buzzfeed News
Anecdotal reports from immigrant advocacy organizations in close contact with detention centers show increased numbers of women reporting miscarriages in detention.Daily Beast
ICE officials are detaining immigrant women in their third trimester of pregnancy — even though official policy discourages it.
This is having devastating effects on detained women and their families
In the four months after the policy took effect, the number of pregnant women in detention rose to 506 — nearly double what it was in the previous four months.
My soul aches that there are many pregnant women coming [to America] who could lose their babies like I did.”
Asylum-seeker who had a miscarriage in detention
Fleeing from El Salvador
Immigrant and human rights groups have filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security about ICE’s inadequate care and harm of pregnant detainees.San Antonio Current