The Biden administration is now actively working to avoid detaining pregnant, postpartum, or nursing immigrants. This is a big change that is reversing some of the Trump era restrictions that were placed on the immigration process.
According to the memo itself, ICE has announced that “Generally, ICE should not detain, arrest, or take into custody for an administrative violation of the immigration laws individuals known to be pregnant, postpartum, or nursing unless release is prohibited by law or exceptional circumstances exist. ICE officers and agents should carefully weigh the decision to issue a detainer, arrest, or take into custody for an administrative violation of the immigration laws an individual who is known to be pregnant, postpartum, or nursing.”
According to usatoday.com, “In the limited circumstances that pregnant immigrants are detained – if an individual “poses an imminent risk of death, violence or physical harm” – immigration officials should monitor and ensure they receive medical attention, mental health services, and pre-or postnatal care, the new policy states. The gender-neutral language in the memo is intended to acknowledge that transgender men can give birth, according to a senior administration official.”
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