President Trump and members of his administration have repeatedly denounced the sexual violence committed against undocumented immigrant women seeking to enter the United States, and finally, the New York Times affirmed this problem in coverage of the crisis.
In reporting “‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border,” the Times’ Manny Fernandez filed from McAllen, Texas about this heartbreaking problem.
“The New York Times found dozens of documented cases through interviews with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, federal judges and immigrant advocates around the country, and a review of police reports and court records in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California,” Fernandez wrote. “The review showed more than 100 documented reports of sexual assault of undocumented women along the border in the past two decades, a number that most likely only skims the surface, law enforcement officials and advocates say. In addition, interviews with migrant women and those working with them along the border point to large numbers of cases that are either unreported or unexamined, suggesting that sexual violence has become an inescapable part of the collective migrant journey.”
Even as many Democrats have refused to acknowledge that an emergency is occurring along our southern border, the Times reporting cited Trump as highlighting this crisis of sexual violence against women.
“President Trump has used the threat faced by migrant women to make his case for a border wall. ‘One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico,’ he said in January — an estimate that appears to have originated from some limited surveys, one of them by Doctors Without Borders, of women traveling through Mexico,” Fernandez wrote. “But less understood is that the violence that befalls migrant women happens not just during the perilous journey through Mexico: Much of it happens after women reach the supposed safety of the United States.”
Trump has also repeatedly denounced the crimes that take place once undocumented immigrants enter the country.