Coming to a new country can be distressing enough, but if you are pregnant, your concerns are not only for yourself, but for your unborn child as well. In the past, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE as you probably know it, used to release pregnant immigrants, but that policy changed in the recent past.
Now, you could face remaining in a detention facility regardless of your pregnancy. This could dramatically increase your stress, which could put your life and the life of your unborn child in jeopardy. This article looks at what ICE says about the treatment you could receive while in a detention facility.
What the agency says
The current administration's crack down on immigration changed the way that ICE treats pregnant women subject to removal from the country. This means that you could end up remaining in a detention center despite your pregnancy. With the presumption removed, you and other women in your condition must wait for ICE to review your case.
Even though the agency says it provides prenatal care, access to specialists if needed and other care for pregnant women, you may not receive the care you need in a timely manner. As you can imagine, with so many detainees currently in the system, you may have to wait your turn unless you have an emergency, which you should not have to experience in order to receive proper care.
The only exception is if you are in your third trimester when you face detention, but even then, ICE does not guarantee your release. If the agency deems you a risk of any kind, it may still detain you. Even if you claim asylum or some other form of relief from removal, you could remain in a detention facility.
What you can do
The faster you leave the facility, the better off you and your child will be. For this reason, you may want to obtain information regarding your rights and legal options as quickly as possible. Considering your current circumstances and the complexity of immigration laws under the best of circumstances, you will probably need help.
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may only have one opportunity to make your case, and you need to make it count. With a legal advocate on your side, you may be able to speed up your release from the detention facility.