The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, the Associated Press reports. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) already has deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been accused of operating on migrant women without their consent or performing procedures that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children. At least seven others at the detention center in Ocilla, Ga., who had made allegations against the doctor, have received word that they could soon be removed from the U.S., their lawyers said. Hours after one detained woman spoke to federal investigators, she said ICE told her that it had lifted a hold on her deportation and she faced “imminent” removal.
Another woman was taken to a Georgia airport early Monday and told to sign deportation papers, only to be brought back to the facility as her lawyers sued in federal court. The women say Amin performed operations that caused or worsened their pain without explaining what he was doing or giving them an alternative. Their stories fit a broader pattern of allegations made by detained women against Amin, some of them revealed in interviews with attorneys and medical records reviewed by AP. There hasn’t been evidence to support an initial claim that he performed a large number of hysterectomies. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general also is investigating. Amin denies doing anything wrong and has stopped seeing women at the detention center.