Immigration & Migration

Worldwide, there are more than 190 million migrants living outside their countries of origin, nearly half of them women. Women may migrate out of choice but they are usually driven by necessity: poverty, conflict, domestic violence, natural disaster or oppressive political or cultural conditions. In North America, immigrant women have outnumbered immigrant men since 1930, yet their progress in education, income and status has lagged and policymakers have often overlooked their unique challenges and contributions. For instance, although they occupy lower-wage jobs, immigrant women send a much higher proportion of their earnings to their home countries than do immigrant men. Compared to non-immigrant women, immigrant women face higher rates of unemployment and are much more likely to live in poverty and suffer abuse or discrimination.

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Microphones for Justice: Mother’s Day Delegation Tackles Anti-Immigration Legislation

By Sarah Gold*

A Mother’s Day Delegation of feminists and labor activists from around the country convened in Arizona a few weeks ago to document the impact of the recently-passed SB 1070 legislation and existing policies, such as 287(g) on women and children. In a climate already steeped with anti-immigrant sentiment, these pieces of legislation authorize violence against women and children, ruthlessly separating family members and criminalizing mothers who came to the United States simply to support their children.

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Voices of Asian American LGBT Immigrants in Immigration Reform

By Tunisia L. Riley*

Assembled together on a cold New York day I sat in a room overlooking the frigid Manhattan skyline. Yet, while New York City (even in the summer time) is cold to me, to others who have been ostracized by their native countries and families for their sexual orientation, New York City can become home, and a safe haven.

On May 11, 2010, I sat in on a Press Conference for “The Voices of Asian American LGBT Immigrants in Immigration Reform.” The event was sponsored by a collective of organizations under the umbrella of The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Speakers were presently and formerly undocumented, Asian and Pacific Islanders of the LGBTQ Community who found solace in the United States but more specifically New York City.

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Out of the Shadows: Immigrant Women and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Too often, discussions about Comprehensive Immigration Reform fail to acknowledge the important economic contributions of the more than 18.9 million foreign-born women currently residing and working in the United States. 

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