Shocking ICE Abuse of Women Includes Forced Sterilization

Mish

Whistleblower nurse reveals pattern of forced hysterectomies in ICE detention centers.

Another New Low for Trump's ICE

Mainstream Media Article 

Yahoo News reports Women in ICE Detention Centers Were Reportedly Given Hysterectomies Without Informed Consent

Following some devastating revelations from a nurse-turned-whistleblower at a Georgia immigrant detention center (as shared with the Intercept earlier this week) about concerns over medical practices at the center during the global pandemic, the full complaint obtained by SheKnows provides a grim closer look into the practices putting immigrants detained in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) — operated by private prison company LaSalle Corrections — at risk and allegedly irreparably harming their health and reproductive freedom.

Through on-the-record insights from Dawn Wooten, the licensed practical nurse employed by ICDC and protected whistleblower quoted throughout the complaint, and interviews with detained women, the complaint shares reports of a lack of clear informed consent before procedures are performed and numerous women undergoing traumatic, lasting changes to their reproductive health. The complaint was filed by Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network on Monday, September 14.

Everybody [the gynecologist] sees has a hysterectomy — just about everybody. He’s even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady [detained immigrant woman]. She was supposed to get her left ovary removed because it had a cyst on the left ovary; he took out the right one.

He’s the uterus collector,” Wooten said in the complaint. “I know that’s ugly…is he collecting these things or something? Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

Mish

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FactsonJoe
FactsonJoe

If this is happening this is totally wrong.
Why are these women even allowed into USA and then treated so badly?

1.
Mexico is a SAFE enough country and has an asylum system that could process EVERY Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, El Salvadoran etc. coming from South America to USA through Mexico and give them either asylum in Mexico or send them back to their home countries if they do not have a legitimate basis to get asylum.
Mexico could also give asylum to all Pakistanis and Bangladeshis that have in recent years started flying to Mexico or some other South American country and then coming to USA or send them back home if they have NO legitimate basis for asylum.

2.
Mexico like USA is signatory to Geneva Convention on Refugees which EXPLICITLY states that asylum applications NEED to be taken ONLY when the asylum seeker comes to the border or inside the country DIRECTLY from the country they are persecuted in so USA could and should RETURN immediately all South Americans coming through Mexico to USA to Mexico either by stopping them at the border, refusing to take asylum application at border crossings or sending them back to Mexico immediately if they are caught inside USA.
Geneva convention is a MULTILATERAL agreement/treaty.

3.
According to current US law 8 U.S. Code § 1158 USA's Attorney General can WITHOUT JUDICIAL REVIEW (aka without the courts getting involved) decide that USA stops accepting asylum applications from people coming to USA through a "safe third country" (Mexico) and people who try to make an asylum application in USA are just "removed" from USA and returned to the "safe third country" (Mexico) pursuant to "bilateral or multilateral agreement" (Geneva convention is a multilateral agreement).

So Barr or Trump's previous AG's Sessions or Whitaker could have under US law STOPPED accepting asylum applications and sent everyone back to Mexico so the whole rush to USA would have stopped and there would be no human smuggling business to USA through Mexico and there would be no ILLEGAL immigrants dying in the deserts when they run out of water and get lost and there would be no robberies and assaults and rapes and murders of the people trying to reach USA through Mexico inside Mexico by criminals since 99% would stay in their home countries if they heard USA is returning people to Mexico immediately and there would be no inhumane practices like described by Mish and the news articles and tweets Mish quoted inside USA.

ILLEGAL immigrants are abusing the asylum process to get inside USA if they are caught when crossing the border and get legal status to work until they have their asylum hearing years later which 90%+ never shop up for (and in which 90%+ are rejected) and instead they continue living illegally in USA using the Sanctuary cities and states run by Democrats as places to live and work.

Trump could have STOPPED all this if Trump or anybody working for Trump would bother to read the Geneva Convention and 8 U.S. Code § 1158 and Trump would have instructed his Attorney General to decide WITHOUT JUDICIAL REVIEW and according to 8 U.S. Code § 1158 that from now on everybody trying to ask for asylum when caught inside USA is "removed" from USA and returned to a SAFE enough "safe third country" Mexico and told to make their asylum application there per the multilateral agreement called Geneva Convention that EXPLICITLY states that asylum applications NEED to be taken ONLY when people are coming DIRECTLY from a country where they are persecuted and NO asylum applications are taken at border crossings from now on.

Instead Trump has tried anything else from allowing AG Sessions to super-charge the "children in cages" policy started by Obama and separating children from their families like Sessions proposed until Trump was forced to sign an executive order to stop this policy few years back after media and Ivanka complained to Trump talking and tweeting tough words without no action despite Trump and his AG having total authority in current US law and Geneva Convention to stop accepting asylum applications and "remove" everyone to SAFE enough "safe third country" Mexico.

Trump could have even demanded as part of USMCA negotiations that Mexico sign a similar bilateral deal with USA than USA has with Canada where the first country ILLEGAL immigrants/asylum seekers enter is responsible for processing their asylum application and dealing with them so everyone could be returned to Mexico instead of subjecting them to inhumane treatment in USA as a way to be "tough".
Instead Trump asked and got some Mexican troops to Mexico's southern border trying to stop people there and a few thousand Mexican soldiers to Mexico's northern border trying to stop people just before they reach USA.

Despite NOT making that bilateral agreement similar to the one USA has with Canada as part of USMCA negotiations Trump still could start returning EVERYONE to Mexico that comes through Mexico to ask for asylum in USA just based on 8 U.S. Code § 1158 and multilateral agreement called the Geneva Convention but apparently Trump and all of his staff are totally clueless and have no clue that in CURRENT US LAW is a way to stop the rush of ILLEGAL immigrants/asylum seekers (IF the AG just gives the order based on 8 U.S. Code § 1158) 90%+ which are just abusing the system to come to USA as ILLEGAL immigrant economic migrants looking for low wage jobs and stealing jobs from Americans and lowering/stagnating wages for US working class for decades by now.

It is like Trump does NOT want to solve the problems he just wants to appear as "tough" and appalling inhuman treatment of people is part of that toughness.

Joe Biden is even WORSE in that he has promised AMNESTY and US citizenship to all ILLEGAL immigrants in USA currently and there are 29.5 million ILLEGAL immigrants in USA currently according to a MIT-Yale study from 2018 and if these all get US citizenship like Joe Biden has promised then USA will have tens of millions new ILLEGAL immigrants within a few years hoping to get into this amnesty or wait for the next one just like Reagan's 1986 amnesty for 5+ million ILLEGAL immigrants attracted the 29.5 million ILLEGAL immigrants that USA currently has and many of those 5+ million Reagan gave an amnesty came AFTER that Amnesty's cut-off date but just CLAIMED to have been in USA longer to qualify for that amnesty and the same phenomenon will happen all over again if Joe Biden is elected president and gives the amnesty and US citizenship to all current ILLEGAL immigrants like he has already promised to do if he is elected president.
The amnesty Joe Biden has promised will cause the tens of millions new ILLEGAL immigrants coming after that to further lower/stagnate American working class wages and steal millions or tens of millions jobs from Americans leading to more Americans having no chance to make it in life and drifting to alcoholism, drug use, criminality, hopelessness, suicide and criminality like has happened to poor working class whites around USA and like has happened to American blacks in massive numbers since 1990's aided and abetted by the Joe Biden written 1994 crime bill that created the for-profit-prisons and prison-industrial-complex and mass incarceration of American blacks through the 10 times longer prison sentences for crack than for cocaine and the three strikes law which ended up putting many to do life sentence despite many of the 3rd strikes being things like fight in a nightclub/Stripclub/Bar or stealing something from shop while using verbal threats leading to it being classified a felony.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

There are at least two stories here:

  1. A nurse has claimed a doctor did hysterectomies that should not have been done and/or to women who were not sufficiently clued in as to what was being done.

  2. ICE, the organization, is nationally and by policy, forcing or tricking women in to hysterectomies.

One is in the body copy. The other is in the headline.

Maybe some good will come of the snake oil selling that permeates the news media in all corners. Hey, maybe we'll get herd immunity to it.

Greggg
Greggg

ICE detention center intercom: "Calling Dr. Mengele. Dr. Joseph Mengele, please call the desk".

Greenmountain
Greenmountain

Is this what we have become as a country??? It is not my country/

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

The beacon tower! How low can this administration go?

Realist
Realist

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Runner Dan
Runner Dan

I predict that before the end of the week, we will find out that the story is bull and that Trump was NOT taking a page out of Margaret Sanger's (founder of Planned Parenthood) playbook.

ajc1970
ajc1970

The whistle-blower nurse has not "revealed" anything, she's "alleged" it.

Something about this story tells me... wait a few days to see if it pans out. If I had to bet, I'd bet that it falls apart. I sure hope it's BS, because if true, it's awful.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Accuse me of TDS or other such bullshit - I immediately delete every comment you ever made in one easy shot. I put up with a lot of dissent, way more than ZH or any other site. But I do have a line.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

What's there to hide if they are doing it ? Why would a whistleblower come forward? Maybe doing hysterectomies on detainees isnt normal ? Ya think?

Latinos may want to think twice before voting for this. I'm pretty sure this isn't what they voted for.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Obviously, this story should be researched immediately. If it turns out to be true, the doctor should surely lose his license, and it should be traced back to whoever authorized it. On the other hand, for now it needs verification.

Rbm
Rbm

Sounds like a case of a bad doctor who makes extra money by doing needless operations on these women who cant understand whats happening or fight back

TimeToTest
TimeToTest

Does everyone realize these immigrants are detained waiting for entry into the US? They can leave and go home at anytime if they don’t have pending charges.

THEY CHOOSE TO STAY. They get healthcare, food, and shelter with the right to go home at anytime. For free.

I don’t get that. I just pay in.

KidHorn
KidHorn

It's the word of one person, who may not like ICE or Trump or both. We don't know if anything happened and if it did, how pervasive it was.

CCBW
CCBW

When Trump stopped all travel from China he over reacted and was a racist so what would have Biden have done nothing China pays his family too much. When he sent the hospital ship to New York and built an emergency hospital they weren’t used, but Dems sent Covid 19 Patents to nursing homes even my state of Michigan. Let’s hear how many residents living there got covid 19 and died oh we’ll never hear that one.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

'REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM' ! Especially for those who CAN NOT afford to have children... After all we are only 8 bln on a already too small planet ! It s all a matter of 'education' some will say....and then we d all be engineers, doctors, nurses, decent shop keepers, Ceo's etc.... with one or two children... they say...

Herkie
Herkie

Reminder to the right wingers here that it is not illegal for people to cross into the US to request asylum.

"The Immigration and Nationality Act ('INA') authorizes the Attorney General to grant asylum if an alien is unable or unwilling to return to her country of origin because she has suffered past persecution or has a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of 'race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.'"[1] The United States framework on migration is securitization, focusing on the safety of citizens.[14] This results in strict U.S. policies and laws surrounding immigration and asylum.

The United States is obliged to recognize valid claims for asylum under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. As defined by these agreements, a refugee is a person who is outside their country of nationality (or place of habitual residence if stateless) who, owing to a fear of persecution on account of a protected ground, is unable or unwilling to avail himself of the protection of the state. Protected grounds include race, nationality, religion, political opinion and membership of a particular social group. The signatories to these agreements are further obliged not to return or "refoul" refugees to the place where they would face persecution.

These are PEOPLE WITH RIGHTS.

William Janes
William Janes

Why argue over a story that is at this point has no real evidence or verification. Has all the markings of a Democratic Political Ad.

William Janes
William Janes

Sloppy troll work on your part. You are only ranting at this point.

William Janes
William Janes

Or maybe no story here.

William Janes
William Janes

An easy and elegant solution to all of this. Close the Asylum Program down. Retain it for high profile political figures who are being persecuted as it was originally created for. The Age of Immigration is finished whether Biden wins or not.