Female Genital Mutilation: Ninth Circuit Opens The Refugee Floodgates
[Recently by Marcus Epstein
On March 2, the
notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled in Mohammed v. Gonzales [PDF]
that women from
countries that allow
female circumcision are eligible for
asylum in the United States.
Since 1996 the US government has
recognized female genital mutilation as a form of
gender persecution. However, asylum was only granted
to girls and women who proved that there was reason to
believe they could not avoid the practice in their
Mohammed vs. Gonzales establishes is that women
who live in a
society where female circumcision is permitted are
subjected to "permanent and continuing harm."
Therefore, their gender has become a
"persecuted social group."
them, even those already subjected to genital
mutilation, can now seek refuge in the United States
under this new classification.
Amnesty International, more than 100 million women
have been subjected to female genital mutilation. Within
the same societies, there are millions more who have not
yet endured the practice.
them are now eligible for asylum.
the supporters of Mohammed admit that allowing
this many asylum seekers (not to mention their
family members) is completely unrealistic.
Stephen Knight, the coordinating attorney at the
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at Hastings
College of the Law in San Francisco, told the LA
Times that the decisions would not "open the
floodgates" because few women in such countries
"have the wherewithal to get to the U.S." [Court
Eases Asylum Rule for Genital Mutilation. By
Henry Weinstein. March 11, 2005.]
statements are contradictory as he admits that the
decision opens the floodgates by permitting literally
hundreds of millions of women to immigrate to the United
States, but denies that the open floodgates will allow
water to flow through.
is not to say that this will not change in the future,
and I wouldn`t be terribly surprised if Mr. Knight [Send
his ilk demand that the
U.S. taxpayers provide those women with "the
wherewithal to get to the U.S."
hard not to sympathize with women who undergo this
horrific procedure, [To read
a description of it, click
here.] but it is
important to recognize that accepting thousands, if not
African immigrants into this country is not the
days before the decision was reached, the Atlanta
Journal Constitution published a story called "Ancient
Rite Or A Wrong" about how "Genital cutting
of girls becomes an issue in
problem is not because the descendants of
Juliette Gordon Low have suddenly discovered a new
hobby, but because this country has imported the most
medieval and disgusting
customs of the Third World into the country via
international opposition, immigrants are bringing the
entrenched custom to Europe, Australia, Canada and the
In this country alone, an
girls and women have undergone the procedure or are
still at risk, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The number is growing as the
number of immigrants from practicing countries grows.
These immigrants are not adapting Western ideas about
women; rather they are bringing their
misogynistic views to America.
With political correctness, it becomes more and more
difficult to stop
horrific practices that are cultural norms among
For example, in
Britain there has been a large problem with
Muslim girls are murdered by their families for
"dishonoring" them for actions like pre-marital sex,
not agreeing to an
arranged marriage or rejecting genital mutilation.
Both these countries have had trouble investigating
these crimes because the
Muslim communities where they occur often cover them
up and because the
media leaders are afraid of being called racist for
According to Serap Cileli, a Turkish-German woman who
helps Muslim women to escape their oppressive families,
"People were afraid they would be called
Nazis if they dared to bring up issues of human
rights in the
Turkish community." [The
Death of a Muslim Woman | "The Whore Lived Like a
German", By Jody K. Bieh, Der Spiegel, March
Allowing hordes of immigrants from countries that
allow genital mutilation or other unsavory cultural
practices into this country will do nothing to stop the
problem, it only brings the problem to America.
Marcus Epstein [send
him mail] is an
undergraduate majoring in history at
the College of
William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he is an
editor of the conservative newspaper, The Remnant. He
also writes frequently for
The American Conservative and
selection of his articles can be seen here.