Dem senators call for Trump to restore release for pregnant migrants

A group of Democratic senators called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE to restore presumptive release for pregnant migrants in a letter obtained by The Hill.

"In the absence of compelling evidence that the detention of a pregnant woman is necessary because she is a threat to herself or others, or is a threat to public safety or national security, the civil detention of an expectant mother for potential immigration offenses is never justified," the letter, which was sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday morning, said.

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The senators urged ICE to bring back the Obama-era rule of presumptive release "for all pregnant women" in immigrant detention, which Trump reversed.

They also called on CBP to institute measures ensuring "timely and appropriate treatment" for pregnant women in its custody. The letter also requested detailed information from both agencies on availability of facilities and doctors for pregnant immigrants as well as more complete data on how many are currently in custody.

NBC first reported on the letter.

The letter, led by Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: They 'broke journalism,' 'helped incite a genocide' House Democrat's bill would facilitate electric car chargers at all national parks MORE (D-Nev.), is signed by 2020 presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet 'Game of Thrones' scores record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar fundraises for McConnell challenger: 'Two Amys are better than one' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.).

Cortez Masto's office did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill for further information on the letter.

The request follows a Honduran woman delivering a stillborn boy after going into premature labor at an immigration detention center in Texas in February.

ICE has indicated that 28 women may have experienced a miscarriage just prior to or while in ICE custody over the past two years, per NBC.

The Trump administration stopped presumptively releasing pregnant women in March 2018. According to ICE's website, it now completes a case-by-case assessment of custody, taking “special factors” into consideration.

Neither ICE nor CBP immediately responded to a request for comment on the letter.