But that’s not the statistics we should pay our attention to, as per the Trump administration.
Instead, the administration is suggesting that Americans should focus on the small subset of the offenses committed by immigrants.
That’s Donald Trump’s argument as per a recently released report by the ‘Department of Homeland Security’ and the Justice Department.
Trump based his argument on gender-based crimes that occurred in six Muslim-majority countries, years ago. In fact, it’s one of the reasons he blocked those Muslim citizens from entering the U.S.
However, the report has misleading statistics since it lacks evidence that immigrants are more likely than anybody else to abuse U.S. women.
It is also unclear how Trump administration plans to tackle gender-based crimes committed by the immigrants.
The report acknowledged that tracking the domestic violence crimes, which is very common in the U.S, is very difficult.
It notes that averagely 1.3-million non-fatal domestic violence cases occur in the U.S. annually. But there isn’t a way of knowing how many cases involved foreigners since jurisdictions don’t include the immigration statuses of the offenders in criminal records.
The Trumps administration’s report also touches partly on forced marriages. It states that about “1,500 forced marriages occur annually” in the U.S.
However, Tahirih Justice Center—which collected the data—says the statistic is incorrect.
The nonprofit organization surveyed social and legal services providers about their clients, in two years, and observed 3,000 cases of forced marriages.
But a Bureau of Justice Statistics study has cut this number in half to give an estimate of 1,500 instances of forced marriages annually—something which, Tahirih Justice Center says is inaccurate.
The justice center explains further that Justice Statistics researchers only tallied people who had faced forced marriages ― but didn’t include where or when those marriages happened.
They could’ve occurred in “places outside the U.S.”
“It’s hypocritical for Trump administration to attempt to justify its discriminatory immigration policies by pointing at gender-based violence,” says Archi Pyati, a Tahirih Justice Center’s policy analyst.
“In fact, this administration’s immigration policies are leaving the immigrant victims even more vulnerable.”
It’s vital to gather data on the motivation and prevalence of violence against girls and women to make sure that enough resources go to the prevention and victim services, says Pyatti.
“But it has to be expansive, inclusive approach that [this] issue with one aim: to end violence against every woman, but not to vilify some groups.”