The restrictions in the Trump EO on immigration are reasonable

Phyllis Chesler:
As a feminist, scholar, and activist, I think this Order is long overdue.

As the author of four studies about honor killing at Middle East Quarterly, I especially welcome this Section:

“The United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes towards it and its founding principles….or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, or other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own), or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Not all honor killers are Muslims. This is a tribal custom which neither Hindu, Sikh, nor Muslim clerics have chosen to abolish. Hindus, also perpetrate honor killings—but they confine this barbaric practice to India. Those who emigrate to the West do not bring this custom with them. Only Muslims do. In fact, 91% of the honor killings committed in the West are Muslim-on-Muslim crimes.

Not all honor killers are male. Since women internalize tribal practices too, they also play a role as collaborators or as hands-on perpetrators in the honor killing of their daughters and daughters-in-law.
There is more.

The US is right to condemn this barbaric practice and make sure those coming here will not engage in it.


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