By Rachel Stoltzfoos, DCNF
President Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security Friday to start releasing information regarding honor killings and other gender-based acts of violence committed against women by immigrants in the country.
Trump ordered DHS to track and publicly release data on gender-based violence against women committed by foreign nationals every six months, and to produce numbers on foreign nationals in the country charged with or convicted of terror-related offenses. The command was part of an order suspending all refugee entry into the country for 120 days.
The goal of the data collection and its public release, according to the executive order, is to “be more transparent with the American people” regarding what the government knows about foreign nationals in the country, and to “more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest.”
The DHS secretary is to consult with the attorney general to carry out the order, and release the information within 180 days from Friday and every 180 days after. The order requires DHS to release information on at least three points: the number of foreign nationals charged with or convicted of a terror-related offense, the number of foreign nationals removed from the country on terror or national security grounds, and information regarding the types of gender-based violence against women committed by foreign nationals, and the number of violent acts committed.
The order also requires DHS to provide “any other information” relevant to national security and public safety at the discretion of DHS and the AG, including the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major crimes.
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