Pregnant women used to be automatically released by ICE — not anymore
In the latest development from the Administration Of Endless Awful News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can now confine pregnant women in their detention centers — all thanks to an executive order signed by President Trump. Because of course it was.
Previously, ICE automatically released pregnant women from detention. Now, pregnant women will only be released on a case-by-case basis determined by an ICE officer. Detention for pregnant women is not only barbaric and outrageously unfair, it’s fucking dangerous. Pregnant women who are detained are more likely to miscarry — and thanks to this new policy, more pregnant women will spend time in detention.
Pregnant women I spoke with in ICE custody often didn't get appropriate nourishment, medical care, or prenatal vitamins. Some were even shackled during childbirth, denied breast pumps, and not allowed to hold their babies.— Cristina Costantini (@xtinatini) March 29, 2018
It costs roughly $150 a day to detain someone or $55k a year. Not to mention the cost of all of the doctors visits a pregnant woman should be receiving. An ankle bracelet costs about $15-$17 a day. Is detaining pregnant women really the best use of our taxpayer dollars?— Cristina Costantini (@xtinatini) March 29, 2018
How exactly does detaining pregnant women make our country any safer? It’s an extremely brutish way of handling undocumented immigrants.
“We are no longer exempting any individual from being subject to the law,” Philip Miller, deputy executive associate director of ICE, said during a press conference call. He says that as of March 20, there are 35 pregnant women in ICE custody. Those who are in their third trimester of pregnancy aren’t detained by ICE, because they aren’t considered “flight risks.”
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 29, 2018
ICE revoking its previous policy automatically releasing pregnant women from detention is part of an increasingly alarming trend of the Trump admin. asserting its power at the grave expense of the health, well-being & rights of women—including pregnant women & immigrants. pic.twitter.com/9NETv9ftqq
— NARAL (@NARAL) March 29, 2018
Could you imagine being pregnant in a detention center? A 2015 report by the National Immigration Justice Center documented abuses and an “inability to provide for the safety and health of the tens of thousands of immigrants in its custody.”
What an inhumane way to treat terrified pregnant women, who are often alone in detention.
Pregnant women detained by ICE are often forced to live in poor conditions and denied adequate health care. Now, this Administration wants to detain more pregnant women as a policy. This doesn’t make our country any safer, it’s just cruel.https://t.co/uuGjMPk5Bn
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) March 29, 2018
Today @ICEgov released a policy revoking guidance that limited the detention of pregnant women. It removes various reporting requirements regarding the treatment of pregnant women and eliminates the presumption that ICE should not detain pregnant women.
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 29, 2018
Where are all the pro-lifers on this issue? Surely they’ll come out in droves to protect the lives of all the unborn children suffering through barbaric conditions in detention centers all across the good ol’ US of A?
“This is concerning to us because we’ve seen how problematic conditions can be in custody for anyone, but especially for pregnant women,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission, told Splinter. Detention centers are heavily populated with lots of different people — prime breeding ground for various illnesses, which just presents a further risk to pregnant women.
This new executive order is just another example of Trump and his administration exerting power over women and their bodies. It’s cruel, it doesn’t do anything to improve the safety of our country in any way, and beyond all of that — it’s fucking heartbreaking. Bottom line: protecting the lives of pregnant, undocumented immigrants and shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Period.