Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

March 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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by Mary Giovagnoli  March 8, 2013

shutterstock_29804083While the recent debate over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may have reminded the nation that there are “women’s issues” in immigration law, it doesn’t necessarily follow that most people regard immigration reform as a woman’s issue. Despite the fact thatimmigrant women make up a growing share of workers, entrepreneurs, single heads of households, and new voters—while remaining primary caregivers in families—the laws we craft to reform our broken immigration system have often been insensitive to the obstacles and challenges immigrant women face in applying for immigration status.

As Kavitha Sreeharsha identified in a 2010 paper for the Immigration Policy Center, there are pitfalls we face in crafting inclusive immigration laws:

“…a CIR package must include a path to legalization that values the contributions of immigrant women as part‐time and informal workers. Read more

Filipinos in U.S. Release Immigration Rights Platform to Hold President Obama Accountable to True Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 22, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Filipinos in U.S. Release Immigration Rights Platform to Hold President Obama Accountable to True Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Migrants’ Platform Enumerates Demands for Genuine Change
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns has released an 8-point immigration rights platform on January 22, 2013, the day following President Obama’s re-inauguration, as part of its Dignity and Justice for Im/migrants campaign. During both election campaigns, Obama promised to take on comprehensive immigration reform, but has yet to do so.
“This platform articulates the most urgent needs of Filipino immigrants in the U.S. and defines what must be included in Obama’s comprehensive immigration reform. Anything less is unacceptable,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President.
The 8-point platform includes: Read more

ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law

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By Susan Jones  December 26, 2012

(CNSNews.com)  – Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a  program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement  officers to enforce federal immigration law.

On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE  announced that it has decided “not to renew any of its agreements with  state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under  the 287(g) program.” Read more

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