Verónica Escobar Wants Answers About Reported Mistreatment of Pregnant Migrants
There have been recent reports detailing the mistreatment of pregnant migrant women in federal custody. Advocates told Rewire.News that some asylum seekers in Texas who have given birth while in custody were forced to hand over their newborns to the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services. Some women have reportedly been shackled while giving birth. Congresswoman Verónica Escobar (D-TX) wants Congress to investigate. She and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) called on their colleagues on the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Judiciary, and Homeland Security to hold hearings investigating the treatment of these pregnant migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., endangering the lives of both the women and their children. The lawmakers wrote that advocates said Customs and Border Protection officials, “seem to be choosing pregnant asylum seekers as their sacrificial lambs.” They went on to write that, “many pregnant women are reportedly experiencing lapses in prenatal and gynecological care that endanger both them and their child.” Rewire.News reported that reuniting migrant mothers with their newborn hinges on their release from federal custody and whether they can access legal help to navigate the child welfare system. Women who find their way to advocacy organizations appear to be reuniting with their newborns, but the outlet was unable to verify what happens to the children of women who do not have access to legal help.More here.