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Settlement for a Shackled Pregnant Woman
The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2013 | JULIA PRESTON

Posted on 10/18/2013 12:00:44 PM PDT by moonshinner_09

A detained Mexican woman who had been shackled to her hospital bed while giving birth in Nashville will receive $490,000 in a settlement and also has the prospect of a resident visa.The monetary settlement, which was approved on Tuesday by the council governing Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., closes a five-year legal battle that began when the woman, Juana Villegas, was arrested in July 2008 after a traffic stop in a Nashville suburb.

And in an unusual move, a federal judge has urged immigration authorities to give Ms. Villegas a special visa that is generally offered to crime victims. The judge said the visa was in order because of the violation of Ms. Villegas’s civil rights. His finding created a new legal basis for the victims’ visa, said Elliott Ozment, a lawyer who represented Ms. Villegas.

Ms. Villegas, who was nine months pregnant when she was arrested, was in the country illegally. She was detained for six days because of an agreement between Davidson County and federal authorities that gave immigration enforcement powers to sheriffs’ officers.

As a result of that program, jail officers decided to hold her after learning that Ms. Villegas, who has been living in the United States since 1996, had once been deported.

Soon after Ms. Villegas gave birth, she was returned to the jail without her newborn son. A hospital nurse gave her a breast pump, but she was not allowed to take it into the jail and developed a painful breast infection.

In 2011 a federal judge in Tennessee, William J. Haynes Jr., ruled in Ms. Villegas’s favor, finding that jail officers had shown “deliberate indifference” to her medical needs by cuffing her ankle to her hospital bed through most of her labor and during recovery.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alien; anchorbaby; crime; immigration; invasion; mexico; tagandrelease; tn
Little background on Villegas.Villegas came to the United States 14 years ago in search of a job and said she worked at a fast-food restaurant at one point. She lived in California for 10 years before moving to Nashville four years ago."An important factor in this case is that this woman had been previously deported from this country and she ignored that order and came back. Federal immigration authorities don't look lightly on this," Hall said.Arrested and deported and came back a 2nd time. More background..Local authorities, however, insisted that they followed protocol in the case, and noted that Villegas had been deported from the United States in 1996, only to return and give birth to three of her four children--all of whom are U.S. citizens.The woman is caught at the border trying enter America illegally is caught and deported.Only she comes back a 2nd time without being caught.Has 3 children that the taxpayers of America I am sure paid for all 3 births,also I am sure she is receving welfare,food stamps.The court should be saying with this award you can pay back the taxpayers for the freebies you got.Must of used fake or stolen documents to land a job at fast food resturant.In this case crime does pay.She should be deported.Has enough money to live in Mexico now.Instead she will get a visa and citizenship.We will continue to give her welfare and food stamps for years to come.
1 posted on 10/18/2013 12:00:45 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

It is time we stop granting special benefits to criminal alien invaders.


2 posted on 10/18/2013 12:03:48 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: moonshinner_09
you know, try passing a watermelon out your bottom with the blood and the mucous and the labor pains and at the same time try having being handcuffed....

GIVING BIRTH is not a time to suddenly become all nazi on this woman....its against all human decency...totally uncalled for and sadistic...

3 posted on 10/18/2013 12:07:10 PM PDT by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: moonshinner_09
she's another worm / slug / parasite; feeding on the US Taxpayer.
btw...where's the Sire / Buck of her kids.
...couldn't / wouldn't, HE take care of her brood.
what?...too many daddys..

4 posted on 10/18/2013 12:09:43 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: moonshinner_09

Totally agree with your post....they should have unshackled her ankle during birth....it’s not like she was going to run away...

Just a tiny amount of human decency was needed...


5 posted on 10/18/2013 12:13:23 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: cherry

Except this new report LIED. She was shackled when brought into the labor room. She was UNSHACKLED during labor and delivery.


6 posted on 10/18/2013 12:15:52 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Revolting cat!; GeronL

7 posted on 10/18/2013 12:17:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!; GeronL

8 posted on 10/18/2013 12:17:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!; GeronL

Why don’t we appoint her president as well since she’s obviously been mistreated by the system her whole life?


9 posted on 10/18/2013 12:18:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: moonshinner_09
Time for citizens to do what the judiciary, local and federal governments refuse to do.
10 posted on 10/18/2013 12:18:55 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: moonshinner_09

She needs to be deported. With that money stupidly given to her she can now live very comfortably in a nice big house in mexico.

What happened to the legal concept of not benefiting financially in a lawsuit if you broke the law in that same action?


11 posted on 10/18/2013 12:30:56 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Popman

Put her arse on a bus (in labor) do that kid is born where it belonged.


12 posted on 10/18/2013 12:31:26 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: moonshinner_09

Which candidate made this phrase popular? I can’t remember.

“One of ‘Life’s Lottery’ Winners!”

That immediately came to mind...

Deport. Deport. Deport.


13 posted on 10/18/2013 12:34:05 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cherry; montag813

No woman, whether crazy, illegal, a Klingon or whatever deserves to be restrained during labor and birth, and needs to have her baby with her afterward-anything else is cruel and unnatural-the very thought is probably painful to anyone of my gender who has given birth.

Crap like this makes all who are against allowing illegals to stay here look like Nazis, which doesn’t win friends or influence people-I’m Hispanic, I call illegals by the non-PC term “mojado”, and even I’m appalled...


14 posted on 10/18/2013 12:34:49 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: RginTN

She does still need to be sent back-and with that much money in Mexico, she can afford to buy a big house in a picturesque mountain village, open a hotel there for tourists, hire some staff to help run it and improve the economy-that money is as much as the national debt of a small third world country anywhere south of here...


15 posted on 10/18/2013 12:43:48 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: moonshinner_09

Other reports say she was unshackled during childbirth and later afterwards one of her ankles was cuffed to the bed.


16 posted on 10/18/2013 12:45:34 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: Texan5

She does still need to be sent back-and with that much money in Mexico, she can afford to buy a big house in a picturesque mountain village, open a hotel there for tourists, hire some staff to help run it and improve the economy-that money is as much as the national debt of a small third world country anywhere south of here...


Yes. The dollar does get one more in Mexico. I’ve seen some pretty nice houses for under $150 thousand with beach views on HGTV.


17 posted on 10/18/2013 12:54:21 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: RginTN

Until a few years ago, some of my relatives who worked for US companies with facilities in Mexico would sign up to work there for a couple years, then come back to the US. The housing available was really nice, although what you are talking about was too touristy to be affordable.

The big hotel chains even offered a nice bonus for their US employees who spoke Spanish to go there on a 2 year contract, doing the same job they did at their hotel in Dallas, or wherever. A couple of my cousins went there for 2 years-after I was widowed, I thought about it, but it was getting dangerous over there-my relatives came back because of that when their contract was up.


18 posted on 10/18/2013 1:14:23 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: a fool in paradise

Couldn’t do any worse.


19 posted on 10/18/2013 1:20:36 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: a fool in paradise

2 or 3 forged visas is fine I guess.... ugh


20 posted on 10/18/2013 1:25:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: cherry

Good! If word gets out that we’re “sadistic” in that we deal with our lawbreakers rather than allowing them to flee and break the law again and again, maybe fewer will flock here to break the bloody law!


21 posted on 10/18/2013 1:46:34 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Resolute Conservative
Put her arse on a bus (in labor) do that kid is born where it belonged.

You know if the freaking government did their job...in the first place...

22 posted on 10/18/2013 2:44:17 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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