[Ed. – In case you thought we were microaggressing them, too.]
After six months of study, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued new guidelines on how to care for transgender illegal aliens who end up in detention facilities, awaiting possible deportation.
The goal of the Transgender Care Memorandum is to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees, including those individuals who identify as transgender.”
Among the questions to be asked of men who identify as women or vice-versa: “Do you prefer to wear male or female clothing?” “Are there any specific clothing items (e.g. undergarments) that you need that you have not been provided?”
(An attachment to the guidance notes, “The detention standards do not restrict the provision of gender-appropriate clothing. In general, brassieres should be provided to individuals who request them, as appropriate.”)
Other questions for transgender detainees include, “Would you feel safer being housed in a cell with someone else or by yourself?” “Do you have a preference for whether a male or female staff member searches you?”
When there are questions about an illegal alien’s gender identity, ICE intake officials are instructed to ask, right at the start, “Do you wish to disclose your gender identity?”