Many Migrant Women are Raped on the Way to the US - DHS Secretary

Speaking to the House yesterday, Wednesday 6 March, on immigration matters, Kirstjen Nielsen - Homeland Security Secretary - revealed that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had to conduct pregnancy test for young female migrants as a result of regular sexual assault. Migrant girls as young as age 10 and above who are traveling to the US are usually raped regularly on this unsafe journey and ICE have been left with no option than to check every girl in a family if they are already with child, Nielsen said. In 2017, doctors report showed that about 70 percent of migrants, including refugees, were victims of violence while continuing their journey from Mexico to the US. From the migrating population, about one-third of the women, including young girls, were asexually abused according to the report.

Mothers prepare their daughters for rape

Speaking conservative activists late last week, President Trump called the act of mothers giving their daughters contraceptives to prepare them during their journey to the US evil. Trump said the rape reality immigrant women including children are exposed to during migration is more worrisome compared to his innocent 2015 speech on the matter that drew so much criticism.

Nielsen clash with Democrats

During the secretary's meeting with the House, Bennie Thompson - Homeland Security Committee Chairman and a Mississippi Democrat - declared President Trump's decision to build the border wall without Congress' approval an abuse of power. Nielsen sharply defended the emergency declaration by saying her agency simply cannot cope with the high number of crossings each month and went on to say the number is still on the rise. More than 76,000 migrants without permission to enter the US were arrested near the border last month. Year-on-year, this number represents more than 100 percent increase compared to 2018. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to Visa Crimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.

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