A Minnesota bill that would impose harsh penalties on parents involved in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) is receiving backlash from the state’s immigrant and refugee population.
The bill, which passed almost unanimously in the House, is being stalled in the Senate because the immigrant community believes it to be unnecessarily severe. If the bill passes, the crime of FGM will become a felony, and parents who participate in it could face hefty fines and between five and 20 years of jail time depending on the severity of the injuries. They may also lose custody of their children.
Congress criminalized FGM in 1996 in the Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act. This prevented FGM from being performed on girls under the age of 18. Minnesota was the first state to write legislation in regards to the practice, ...
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