In what seems to be a desperate move by Republicans to make people forget about their real war on women, Gohmert took to the House floor on Tuesday and claimed that Democrats are waging war against women by allowing refugees to cross the border.
Refugee women and children from Central American countries have been surrendering to border patrol agents along the US border in an effort to escape violence and bloodshed. Since the crisis became national news, conservatives have been vicious and hostile towards these desperate women and kids. Now they’re exploiting the situation to create fear and hate.
“Our continued existence is at risk with what’s going on at the southern border,” Gohmert claimed while at the same time accusing the Obama Administration of engaging in a conspiracy. He then ridiculously claimed that Obama is allowing “criminal aliens” to murder and rape American women by the thousands. According to Gohmert, 2,993 murders have been committed by undocumented immigrants in the last six years.
“And they’ve committed at least 7,695 sexual assaults. You want to talk about a war on women? This administration will not defend the women of America from criminal aliens! By the thousands, and hundreds of thousands! Well, we know thousands, and we know people are coming in by the hundreds of thousands illegally. And this administration wants to talk about other people having a war on women when they will not defend the women that are being sexually assaulted by illegal aliens in this country!”
Here’s the video via Raw Story.
The government does not actually keep a record of how many undocumented immigrants commit crimes each year in the US. That’s a difficult task considering that these immigrants are undocumented. Plus, undocumented immigrants mostly try to avoid committing crimes that will result in their arrest and deportation in the first place. Many of the numbers that right-wingers like Gohmert pull out of thin air come from incarceration rates, which often do not accurately represent crime rates among groups. Beyond that, it’s mere estimation, not factual statistics.
Even if Gohmert’s claim were true, it pales in comparison to the average number of women who are sexually assaulted each year in America, which is 237,868. Any sexual assault is horrible and should certainly be taken seriously, but while Republicans are currently acting all worried about sex crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, they sure don’t seem to be that concerned about the women who are raped every day by American citizens. In fact, the GOP seems to support these rapes. After all, House Republicans- including Gohmert- tried to redefine rape in a bill a few years ago. Furthermore, Republicans have also made quite a few statements over the years that make them look pro-rape.
But perhaps the biggest problem with Gohmert’s tirade is that it is in response to the tens of thousands of women and children refugees who are willingly giving themselves up to authorities to enter the US. These poor people are trying to escape violence in their own country in an effort to save their own lives. They’re not here to commit rape, which is another act of violence they themselves are trying to avoid. They’re here to find safety and better opportunities.
America is a country of immigrants. The first moment Europeans stepped foot in North America, they were immigrants. Since then, each generation of Americans who descend from immigrants have complained or stoked fear about the next wave of immigrants whether they be Irish, Chinese, German, or Mexican. This is nothing new in American history. Immigration is the story of this nation. This is just another chapter. The question is, will we allow conservatives to blacken this chapter with more hate and fear?