Anti-Immigration Proponents Exploit Maryland Teen’s Rape Ordeal

“Our government should be focusing on widespread sexual harassment. It’s easy to look like you’re doing your job when you focus on two perpetrators.”

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly raped by two older boys at Rockville High School in Maryland. The accused attackers allegedly demanded sex from the young girl in the hallway and when she refused, they forced her into the restroom.

The alleged assailants, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano, were both arrested and are being charged as adults with first-degree rape and two counts each of committing a first-degree sexual offense. 

Just two weeks after the terrible incident, the main focus of discussion has completely diverted. Instead of focusing on the gruesome act, the main focus now is the immigration status of the accused assailants. Police investigations revealed Sanchez-Milian from Guatemala and Montano from El Salvador are undocumented immigrants.

Sanchez-Milian’s father was arrested after a review of his immigration status.

According to Derek Turner, Montgomery County schools spokesman, in the past several days, school leaders have been inundated with “hate-filled, racist and xenophobic” calls, and threats “saying they’re going to shoot up the illegals in our school.”

Following the revelation of the immigration status of the accused assailants, right-wing media outlets, politicians and the White House are justifying President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants while citing this incident.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, recently called the assault “horrendous and horrible and disgusting.” However, he further added, “I think part of the reason the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this.”

However, the White House remained criminally silent over an incident where a white man accused of kicking a hanger up a black boy’s rectum walked free. John R. K. Howard walked out of court with no jail time after the prosecutor said the assault was “not racially motivated and did not constitute a sex crime.”

But since this 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by people of color, obviously the racist, xenophobic people currently running the United States think they can use it to further their agenda of the immigration ban.

Instead of protesting and highlighting the issue of sexual assault, the main focus now is protesting against “illegals.” However, a missing point in the reaction is that sexual abuse can be committed by all types of students.

“Sexual assault in K-12 schools is all too common, committed by all types of students — regardless of immigration status,” said Alexandra Brodsky, a fellow at the National Women’s Law Center.

“We have heard about countless stories about white, native-born men and boys [committing sexual assault] and never hear politicians calling for a ban on boys in schools and a ban on football players entering the country,” she added.

Following the incident, several parents have called for a stricter and increased monitoring of undocumented immigrants. The district does not collect information about students’ immigration status and schools cannot legally require that students prove their citizenship.

“This little girl’s rape is the fruition of liberal policy in this county,” said Sam Fenati, a Montgomery County resident.

According to Esther Warkov, founder of the nonprofit Stop Sexual Assault in School, the reaction to the sexual assault incident at Rockville High School is a “diversionary tactic” that diverts attention from the main problem of sexual violence.

“Our government should be focusing on widespread sexual harassment, sexual assault and violation of students’ civil rights. It’s easy to look like you’re doing your job when you focus on two perpetrators,” she added.


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