Biden to end detention of most pregnant and postpartum undocumented immigrants

The matter gained more attention the following year, after a 24-year-old Honduran woman detained by ICE delivered a stillborn baby. She had been arrested a week earlier by border patrol officers in Texas, near the border community of Hidalgo, and told authorities she was six months pregnant. Internal security officials said the woman was taken to hospital after being apprehended. A few days later, she was returned to ICE detention, where she quickly complained of abdominal pain. An agency clinical director said she had to return to the hospital, but she started labor before she got there.

An ICE spokeswoman at the time said there was no information to suggest the woman’s detention was a factor in the stillbirth. Yet between October 2016 and August 2018, 28 women “may have miscarried just before or during their detention by ICE,” spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said.

Mr Biden has used executive orders to overturn a number of Mr Trump’s immigration policies, including accepting more claims from asylum seekers, relaxing travel and visa restrictions, and changing categories of asylum seekers. undocumented immigrants whom law enforcement should prioritize for enforcement action. Legislative corrections, however, which could provide a legal route for asylum-seeking families to enter the country, seem increasingly out of reach.

John Hudak, senior researcher in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said uncertainty about how long a policy would stay in place “creates enormous instability” that can interfere with governance.

“It can really start to drain the agencies, it can drain the expertise of the agencies,” he said, if, for example, a change in policy leads to staff cuts but the next administration decides to ” turn on the switch “.

This has been the case for what has become one of the administration’s first and greatest challenges: sheltering migrant children and adolescents who have arrived alone and in record numbers at the country’s border with Mexico.

Mr Trump had refused the children under a special public health rule put in place during the pandemic. When tens of thousands of unaccompanied children began entering the country this spring after Mr Biden reversed policy, previous cuts to the program left federal authorities without enough or enough space to house them. staff to place them safely with family members already in the country. .

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