Female Genital Mutilation: Ninth Circuit Opens The Refugee Floodgates

[Recently by Marcus Epstein

Immigration At CPAC: Grass Roots Restive, But Not Yet

On March 2, the

notoriously liberal
9th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled in Mohammed v. Gonzales [PDF]
that women from

that allow

female circumcision
are eligible for

in the United States.

This ruling has many significant
ramifications for American immigration policy. The first
is the

sheer number of people
who could become potential

asylum seekers
in this country.

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

where female circumcision is permitted are
subjected to "permanent and continuing harm."
Therefore, their gender has become a

"persecuted social group."

All of
them, even those already subjected to genital
mutilation, can now seek refuge in the United States
under this new classification.

According to

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.

All of
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
that the decisions would not "open the
because few women in such countries
"have the wherewithal to get to the U.S."
Eases Asylum Rule for Genital Mutilation
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

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

] and

his ilk
demand that the

U.S. taxpayers
provide those women with "the
wherewithal to get to the U.S."

It is
hard not to sympathize with women who undergo this
horrific procedure, [To read
a description of it, click

.] but it is
important to recognize that accepting thousands, if not
millions of

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

, nationwide."

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
their immigrants.

Despite growing
international opposition, immigrants are bringing the
entrenched custom to Europe, Australia, Canada and the
United States.

In this country alone, an
estimated 168,000

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

views to America.

Laila Mohamed, a former caseworker for

Refugee Family Services
in Clarkson

told the AJC
, "In [African immigrant
communities] most of the women still are believing in
this tradition."

With political correctness, it becomes more and more
difficult to stop

horrific practices
that are cultural norms among

For example, in


there has been a large problem with

Honor Killings

Muslim girls
are murdered by their families for
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


leaders are afraid of being called racist for
Muslim tradition.

According to Serap Cileli, a Turkish-German woman who
helps Muslim women to escape their oppressive families,
"People were afraid they would be called

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
 By Jody K. Bieh, Der Spiegel, March
2, 2005]

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


selection of his articles can be seen here