By Diand Washington Valdez/El Paso Times
Fusion recently reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso held 40 pregnant women in custody during the past year.
Fusion, a new national English-language digital TV network affiliated with Univision's Jorge Ramos, cited a document obtained under FOIA for this statistic.
The El Paso Times mentioned Fusion's story in a separately, and also requested the same information under the Freedom of Information Act. ICE in Washington, D.C., sent us the document (received today) that indicates that 40 pregnant women were indeed detained at the ICE jail between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013.
ICE-El Paso, probably due to Fusion's report, no longer has any pregnant women in custody.
The detainees are not identified by name, but the list indicates that one of them was held for more than fourth months. Others were booked out the same day or the next day after their detention.
A footnote in the document states that "ICE does not track or maintain records of detainee miscarriages."
(Fusion is available in El Paso on AT&T U-Verse and will soon be available on Dish. It is not currently offered by Time Warner Cable or Direct TV.)