New ICE policy says pregnant, nursing migrants should not be detained

By Kyle Barnett | Newsbreak

Federal immigration authorities issued a new policy on Friday that says migrant women who are pregnant, postpartum or nursing should not be taken into custody.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the new guidance, which softens the agency’s immigration stance a bit from the hard-line position it held under former President Donald Trump.

In addition to safeguards for pregnant migrants, the move also applies to transgender migrants who can give birth.

“ICE is committed to safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system and preserving the health and safety of pregnant, postpartum and nursing individuals,” Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson said in a statement.