“We are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release.”
The latest deadline sets up yet another showdown between the Trump administration and local authorities over immigration enforcement.
“Such a waiver would foster a culture of corruption in the VA,” said Melissa Bryant, political director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
“The government may not want to facilitate abortion, but it cannot block it. It is doing that here,” the federal judge also writes in her ruling.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s director reminded his staff that “the unborn child is a child in our care” and to make decisions accordingly.
“I start where I live now, in Oakland, California, then go back to where I was born, Wisconsin, but I know where this question is going.”
The move, Sen. Tom Carper writes, represents “a drastic departure from the intent of Congress and weakens important ethics standards.”
“This would continue the trend of this administration’s giveaways to the private prison industry at the expense of immigrants,” one advocate says.
Nine pregnant women were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for as long as three months, according to the complaint.
Also in this week’s roundup: What happens when other people make money off Trump and his aides need to pay their legal bills.