Undocumented Woman Forced to Give Birth Cuffed to Hospital Bed in Nashville

A pregnant woman, Juana Villegas, got pulled over for a routine traffic infraction. As an undocumented immigrant, she was jailed and forced to give labor while cuffed to the hospital bed as a sheriff’s officer stood guard over her. Under Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agreement “287G,” which gives immigration enforcement powers to county officers, police can exceed their authority when they act on immigration laws they are not fully trained to enforce.

See Julia Preston’s story in the New York Times, “Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact”

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Undocumented Woman Forced to Give Birth Cuffed to Hospital Bed in Nashville

One thought on “Undocumented Woman Forced to Give Birth Cuffed to Hospital Bed in Nashville

  1. Caroline Correa says:

    After hearing about this in class today I could not believe that this actually occurred and that no media outlet has covered the story in great depth. It’s horrible that this women had to go through this and my prayers are with her and her baby.

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