According to Vice News, Alma Bowman, a 54-year-old woman in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, was scheduled for deportation on Monday. Bowman has been a key witness, for attorneys and journalists, of a doctor performing the allegedly unnecessary or overly aggressive procedures.
Her lawyer says she is also a U.S. citizen.
In September, a whistleblower who previously worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia alleged there had been a high rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical neglect in a complaint filed to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.
“ICE takes all allegations seriously and defers to the OIG regarding any potential investigation and/or results. That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve.”
This week, ICE denied a stay of removal for Bowman, but Bowman’s deportation was halted by Monday afternoon. She has since been returned to a detention center in Georgia.
“I am gratified that the deportation of Alma Bowman has been stayed for now. A 43-year resident of this country with compelling evidence that she is a United States citizen, Ms. Bowman is a material witness in ongoing Congressional and DHS investigations into human rights violations at the ICE Irwin County Detention Center,” Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., told The Intercept in a statement. “To deport her before she has been interviewed would have been a gross obstruction of justice.”