Outrageous: ICE Admits to Detaining Pregnant Women
Fusion, a venture between Univisión and ABC News, conducted an investigation and found that U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained at least 13 pregnant women in one detention facility in Texas. Fusion also published a statement by ICE acknowledging that one of the women "in fact did suffer from a condition that an independent doctor confirmed, always results in a miscarriage."
Wow. If this isn't a human rights violation, we don't know what is. From Fusion's in-depth report:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says pregnant women shouldn’t be detained in their facilities “absent extraordinary circumstances,” and advocates say inadequate medical care in detention can pose a threat to the lives of women and their unborn children.
We first learned about pregnant detainees in El Paso from an undocumented activist, Santiago Garcia-Leco, who infiltrated the El Paso Processing Center last month. He was shocked by the number of pregnant women he learned were held in the female wing of the facility and decided to contact the media.
The El Paso center typically interns between 120 and 150 female detainees at a time and is one of over 250 immigration detention centers across the country. The El Paso facility is the only center Fusion has so far investigated for pregnant women. ICE says they don’t keep numbers on how many pregnant women are detained nationally.
We, for one, feel outrage for our immigrant sisters and their children. We'll be following this story as it develops. In the meantime, if you know of any other pregnant detainees, please contact Fusion reporter Cristina Constantini at cristina.constantini at fusion dot net. She's done a superb job of following and updating the public on this story.
Many thanks to America's Voice for the tip!