The NYT tells us that a New York teenager is try­ing to avoid depor­ta­tion to Guinea, a nation she’s not lived in since the was two years old. Part of the rea­son eighteen-​​year-​​old Adama Bah doesn’t want to go back is that gen­i­tal muti­la­tion of women is still a prac­tice in Guinea.

Today, at a closed hear­ing in Manhattan’s fed­eral build­ing, she will plead for polit­i­cal asy­lum from Guinea’s entrenched prac­tice of female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion, which has marked all the women in her extended fam­ily, includ­ing her mother.


Ms. Bah’s mother, Aissatou Dalanda Bah, who has sep­a­rately applied for asy­lum, had her cli­toris excised by her grand­mother with a kitchen knife when she was about 10, the court papers said. Later, she watched help­lessly as one of Adama’s cousins bled to death from the procedure.

The Fed had her detained for a while (at age 16!) on the alleged sus­pi­cion that she might have been a sui­cide bomber. Since Her Papers Were Not In Order, she ended up fac­ing depor­ta­tion prob­lems and wear­ing an elec­tronic ankle bracelet in addi­tion to hav­ing a 10:00 PM curfew.

Though a doc­u­ment pro­vided by a fed­eral agent at the time said the F.B.I. con­sid­ered the girls “an immi­nent threat” to national secu­rity, it pro­vided no evi­dence, and offi­cials refused to dis­cuss the matter.

Star cham­bers, sus­pen­sion of habeas cor­pus and “enemy com­bat­ants” … Not only is there a truly hor­ri­fy­ing des­e­cra­tion of the American ideal afoot here, but now we’re look­ing at destroy­ing the life of a young woman.

So remem­ber to vote Republican. They keep us all* safe.


* Wealthy fun­da­men­tal­ist Christian white men.


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