Woman says she miscarried after she was shackled in immigration facility


Lawyers say an asylum seeker from Mexico suffered a miscarriage after she tripped and fell while shackled in immigration detention, even though pregnant detainees are not supposed to be restrained.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement late Thursday that Monserrat Ruiz was given a pregnancy test after arriving at a detention facility in Bakersfield, California, in May yet was shackled on a trip to the hospital.

ICE's national detention standards say that pregnant detainees should not be restrained except in extraordinary circumstances, for example, if a woman is a threat or a flight risk.

The GEO Group, which runs the Bakersfield facility, said additional training and procedures were implemented following Ruiz's case.

Immigration officials say they are reviewing the allegations.