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As Muslim immigration grows, US sees troubling spike in genital mutilation

Critics of United States policies allowing widespread Muslim immigration often cite increased Islamic violence across Europe as a motivating factor in their opposition. While such faith-based attacks have occurred in the U.S. over recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently noted an even more glaring trend associated with increased immigration from certain Middle Eastern nations.

More than a half million women and girls currently living in the United States have either received or are in danger of receiving the violent procedure known as female genital mutilation.

This number, the CDC found, is about three times higher than in 1990. Unsurprisingly, the federal government has identified a direct link between immigration from nations like Somalia and the spike in genital mutilation.

Nearly all girls living in Somalia have had their genitals removed. Countries including Guinea and Egypt have similarly high numbers of gender-specific abuse.

Making matters worse domestically is the fact that few individuals guilty of performing this torturous act are being held accountable.

The Government Accountability Office’s report on the matter concluded that though female genital mutilation/cutting “is a crime under federal and many state laws, law enforcement officials identified few investigations and prosecutions related to FGM/C.”

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