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Pregnant Immigrant Is Jailed Under Pact

Juana Villegas and 2-week-old son

It started when Juana Villegas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was nine months pregnant, was pulled over by a police officer in a Nashville suburb for a routine traffic violation.

By the time Mrs. Villegas was released from the county jail six days later, she had gone through labor with a sheriff’s officer standing guard in her hospital room, where one of her feet was cuffed to the bed most of the time. County officers barred her from seeing or speaking with her husband.

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Preston J. 06/20/2008 Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under PactThe New York Times.

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