ICE Ends Automatic Release Of Pregnant Detainees

The Trump Administration announced Thursday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer automatically release pregnant detainees.  

ICE said it scrapped a policy that took effect in August 2016 that pregnant women should be released unless they met limited criteria that required them to be held by law, such as serious criminal histories, or if there were "extraordinary circumstances."

The move is reportedly the result of President Trump's executive order, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States."  

Now, those who are pregnant will be released on a case-by-case basis after review by an ICE officer. The new policy gives no blanket special consideration to pregnancy, though the agency says women in their third trimester will generally be released. 

Pregnant detainees who are not released will still get medical care.

Women and immigrant advocacy groups, many who have criticized medical care at immigrant detention centers, swiftly condemned the change.

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