Medical Exam Disputes CNN’s Fake News Report


ICE says mother separated from baby was not breastfeeding.

CNN published a report alleging ICE apprehended a Guatemalan mother who was still nursing her four-month-old daughter.

A medical examination by a nurse practitioner found the woman was not lactating, plus ICE identified her as being a Mexican national, not a Guatemalan. 

She’s in the US illegally, but she keeps having children and thinks it’s all going to be okay. She’s here illegally and has no status however long she stayed under the radar. Deport her and let her take her kids with her.

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CNN published a story Monday about a breastfeeding mother apprehended in an ICE raid, but a medical examination disputes the story’s basic premise, finding the woman is not even lactating.

A CNN article told the story of Maria Domingo-Garcia, a mother of three of who was among the 680 illegal aliens apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier in August. Domingo-Garcia was arrested while working at a Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, and is currently being held in a facility in Jena, Louisiana.

Titled “A breastfeeding mom is still being held in an ICE facility 12 days after being detained, attorneys say,” the article centered around Domingo-Garcia’s separation from her four-month-old daughter, and the subsequent pain of not being able to breastfeed anymore. CNN spoke to Domingo-Garcia’s attorneys, Juliana Manzanarez and Ybarra Maldonado, both whom claimed that she was still breastfeeding her baby at the time of her arrest.

“She is still really depressed. She is in a lot of pain because of not being able to pump or breastfeed,” Manzanarez said, describing the Domingo-Garcia’s physical pain after no longer nursing her baby. More

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox emailed a statement to the Clarion Ledger: “… All ICE detainees receive medical, dental and mental health intake screening within 12 hours of arriving at each detention facility; that screening includes a woman being asked if she is breastfeeding. During her initial medical screening, (the mother) answered no to that question,” the statement said. “Pursuant to subsequent media reports that falsely alleged (she) was being detained despite being a nursing mother, an ICE Health Services Corps nurse practitioner conducted an additional medical examination of (the mother), which verified today she is not lactating.”

In what sense does lactation (medical evidence proves she wasn’t) give one a right to ignore immigration law? We have immigration laws. If she’s not abiding by them, get her out of here. It is really not complicated.

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