Immigrants are being denied medical care, strip-searched and threatened at six ICE detention facilities, a new watchdog report finds.
Patrick Michels is a reporter for Reveal, covering consumer finance, education and criminal justice. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Texas Observer and the Dallas Observer, where his work combined feature writing with audio and video production. He co-wrote an investigation into corruption at the Department of Homeland Security, which won first place for magazine writing in the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He also won first place for magazine writing in the 2014 Education Writers Association awards for his profile of a reform-minded Dallas school superintendent. In 2013, MIchels was a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into the deadly armored car industry. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where his work focused on government contractors grappling with trauma and injuries from Iraq. Michels is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.
Immigrant girls who request abortions while in federal custody are being referred to counseling centers recommended by an anti-abortion group.
Jane Doe said in a statement: “People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God.”
“There are no winners in cases like these. But there sure are losers,” writes a dissenting judge on the panel.
If the teenage refugee wants to end her pregnancy, the government argues, she need only drop her immigration case and return home.
The ruling is the first test of a Trump administration policy of denying abortion access for immigrant minors in federally funded shelters.
“We are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release.”
“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.
The county has been cooperating with Trump’s immigration agenda. But with a white population no longer the majority, it may be on the cusp of change.
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