Muslim Immigration Puts Half a Million U.S. Girls at Risk of Genital Mutilation

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Julia Hahn
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3 August 2015
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A June report from the Instituto Cervantes, a group created to promote the Spanish language, documented how four decades of mass immigration to the United States has made America the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking country.

But petition from the womens’ group Equality Now reveals that immigration has put the United States on a list that will be much more difficult for progressive immigration enthusiasts to cheer. A massive influx of immigrants from Muslim-populated countries in Africa and the Middle East has led the group to conclude that more than half a million girls in the U.S. are in danger of having their exposed sexual organs skinned from their bodies.

The practice is known as female genital mutilation (FGM).

Equality Now’s estimation comes from the Population Reference Bureau, or PRB, a non-partisan Washington research group. PRB explains that its estimates are derived from, “the general procedures used by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… [in addition to] country-specific FGM prevalence rates from the Demographic and Health Surveys… [and] the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey [to] obtain numbers of women in the United States with ties to one of the countries where the FGM prevalence rate was at least 2 percent.”

FGM is widespread in many of the countries where the United States handpicks immigrants for admission to the United States.

The Atlantic describes how the procedure is carried out:

 It usually involves the complete removal of the clitoris, and often the removal of some of the inner and outer labia. In its most extreme form–infibulation–almost all the external genitalia are cut away, the remaining flesh from the outer labia is sewn together, or infibulated, and the girl’s legs are bound from ankle to waist for several weeks while scar tissue closes up the vagina almost completely. A small hole, typically about the diameter of a pencil, is left for urination and menstruation. The cutting is usually done with a razor, a kitchen knife, or a pair of scissors. It is rare for any anesthesia to be used.

The Daily Beast writes: “As students across the country prepare for summer vacation, female genital mutilation (FGM) activists… are gearing up for what they call ‘cutting season’—the summer months when young girls can be sent to their ancestral lands to be circumcised.”...

Each year, about 100,000 immigrants are added to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim countries.  Student visas for Middle Eastern countries have also grown enormously, including 16-fold increase in Saudi students since 9/11.

These immigrants are not coming to the country illegally and have nothing whatsoever to do with the U.S. border...


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