According to ICE records, a total of 2,701 pregnant women were booked into custody between Dec. 14, 2017 and March 2, 2019.
What are people saying?
Against presumptive release
Last March, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that "ended the presumption of release for all pregnant detainees.”
ICE cites the above quote on its website, adding:
“As with all detainees, absent the requirements of mandatory detention, ICE will complete a case-by-case custody determination taking any special factors into account. ICE detention facilities will continue to provide onsite prenatal care and education, as well as remote access to specialists for pregnant women who remain in custody. In addition, ICE ensures access to comprehensive counseling and assistance, postpartum follow up, and in certain cases, abortion services.”
CBP did not respond to various outlets’ request for comment.
Favoring presumptive release
"Stories of pregnant women being mistreated or having their medical needs neglected while in [Department of Homeland Security] custody are unconscionable," Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), the lead signature on the letter, said in a statement to NBC News. "These women need a safe environment and regular access to medical care, which ICE and CBP have failed to provide.”
The letter notes “multiple reports of pregnant women having been denied access to medical care or receiving inadequate medical care,” including “being ignored during their miscarriages by agents who refused to respond to the medical emergencies.”
What do you think?
Do you support efforts to restore presumptive release for all pregnant women? Or do you support detaining them? Take action and tell your reps.
Sen. Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (202) 224-5653
Rep. Bryan Steil (202) 225-3031
Outside of Wisconsin (202) 224-3121