Statement on ICE decision to Detain Pregnant Immigrants

March 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement today regarding a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to hold pregnant immigrant women in detention facilities:

“The so-called “pro-life” Trump Administration’s decision to detain pregnant women is reckless and shameful. Pregnant women need specialized medical care throughout their pregnancy and immigration detention facilities are not equipped to provide specialized obstetric care.  

“The detention of pregnant women is particularly concerning because these centers often experience outbreaks of chicken pox, tuberculosis and other highly contagious diseases that can have life threatening consequences for the mother and baby. The medical neglect of pregnant women in immigration detention was documented in a recent administrative complaint to the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  

“Today, the Trump Administration ignored these concerns and issued a policy that prioritizes mass deportation and mass detention over common sense and humanity. This is an anti-woman, anti-immigrant and anti-family policy. It is mean spirited, unnecessary and should be reversed immediately.”