Transgender Hormone Therapy for Illegal Aliens?

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Transgender hormone therapy for illegal aliens is just one of the many new offerings of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) as part of the Obama administration’s continuous efforts to make the nation’s immigration detention system a more pleasant experience.

ICE, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is charged with implementing and enforcing federal immigration laws, including detaining and deporting those who break the law.

As part of the latter responsibility, ICE recently released its revised Performance-Based National Detention Standards 2011 (PBNDS 2011) manual, a 355-page operations document that sets the agency’s standards for treating illegal aliens housed in its nearly 300 detention facilities.

Among the series of noteworthy changes found in PBNDS 2011 — many of which are already being implemented — are calls for ICE to provide taxpayer-funded access to  “hormone therapy” for transgendered detainees.

According to the ICE operations manual, transgender illegal aliens will have access to “transgender-related health care and medication based on medical need,” with treatment following “accepted guidelines regarding medically necessary transition-related care.”

However, ICE Spokeswoman Gillian Christensen has been quick to stress that transgender medical treatment will only apply to those detainees who are already receiving hormone therapy and not those who wish to undergo a sex change while in custody.

As such, according to PBNDS 2011, hormone therapy eligibility will be accepted if a new detainee “self-identifies as transgender” within 12 hours of arriving at a detention facility.

At that point, a specially trained ICE detention officer will inquire into a “transgender detainee’s gender self-identification and history of transition-related care.” If it is determined the self-professed illegal alien transgender detainee has been receiving hormone therapy, ICE will continue to provide it to him or her.

However, while hormone therapy for “transgendered” individuals may be the most eye-raising change found in PBNDS 2011, it is just one small part of a wide range of free medical services now offered for illegal detainees — services which include access to mental health services, dental work, and a two-week supply of prescription drugs upon release or deportation.

Moreover, ICE will not only assist pregnant illegal detainees with their delivery, but will also provide free transportation to an abortionist if the life of the mother is deemed to be endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

In addition to ICE’s medical services, the new federal detention standards also include ethnically diverse diet options, unfettered access to legal services, preferred-religious materials, and increased visitation and recreation. Those enhanced recreation amenities include access to television, board games, exercise equipment, and sports such as soccer, volleyball and basketball.

It should be noted that these new guidelines are a reflection of longstanding efforts by the Obama administration to make detention facilities less prison-like, arguing that detainees there are being held on civil immigration charges, not criminal offenses.

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  • mrbean

    That is what we really need. A whole bunch of illegal alien she-males freeloading on our taxes. If you don't know what a she-male is go google "she-males" for your shock treatment.

    • Zoë

      Wait a minute! If I can't use a word like "n I g g e r" as a non-hateful example of hateful words, why can he use "she-male" as actual hate speech?! My comment is that they are no different and used to dehumanize people and make it easier to commit acts of hated and violence! If my educational comment was removed, I demand his blatant hate-speech be removed!

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  • joe

    more proggressive failures trial and error peter principle

  • http://thesilversmithshop.com chris

    Dental work, really, dental work. BHusseinO is quite the piece of work. Taking American taxpayer money to give dental work to illegals, unbelievable. I know a lot of tax-paying Americans who do not have access to dental care. Anybody but Obama, 2012.

  • ofbag

    Maybe this is another conspiracy from the administration that to provide such drugs to the illegals, there may be no illegals in twenty years?

  • RobinKed

    "Moreover, the increase in the length of time it takes to deport an illegal immigrant has gone from 230 days in 2009 to 302 days in 2011, a 31 percent increase."

    UnFreakinBelieIvable…!!!–these ILLEGALS will NEVER want to leave….look for that Data to Go Way Up….!!!!–I do believe that WE, as citizens need to Sue obozo cuz, duh….the ILLEGALS, Are getting way more than us….cuz Gee I have to Pay for MY medications……….SHEEEESH!!!!!

    • anon

      I have a really hard time understanding why it should take more than a day or two. Load a bus with them and drive them to the border.

  • Zoë

    Of course transgender detainees should continue to receive hormones and other medical treatment! Hormones rule your body, whether produced by the body or by pharmaceutical companies. To suddenly stop taking prescribed hormones is DANGEROUS and potentially DEADLY! It would be similar to a diabetic being refused insulin! What's wrong with people… ANY people getting their prescribed medication? It's not like taking away a pack of candy, prescribed hormones are a medical necessity and you can't suddenly stop taking them or reduce your dosage or it can KILL YOU!

    • anon

      They should have stayed where they were when they were getting their medication.