My mother’s birthday falls around Thanksgiving. This year, she turns 64. Which means it was 42 years ago, at the young age of 21, that my mother immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan to continue her studies and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. With English as her second language, she struggled through graduate studies and medical school while working and raising my sister and me.
Burned by Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)’s dismissal of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, Democrats have hailed his recent remarks as the nail in the immigration reform coffin. Meanwhile, Republicans have said that Democrats are dramatizing to save face over President Obama’s botched HealthCare.gov debut. Though the Senate bill lacks a clear future, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) have joined a national campaign to push it forward.
Activists aren’t just targeting House leaders — they’re also trying to correct the image that immigration reform is only about undocumented male workers. During a press conference, organized by the pro-immigration group We Belong Together, on Tuesday, with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), feminist leader Gloria Steinem pushed the notion that immigration reform is a women’s issue — 75 percent of all immigrants are women and children, while 51 percent of all undocumented workers are women. Because of deportation fears, undocumented females are reluctant to report domestic abuse and other crimes against them.
Organizers say immigration reform is a women's issue at heart
The women’s rights community is not giving up on immigration reform.
Though the bill that hurtled the Senate is likely dead in the water in the House, women’s groups took to the National Press Club on Tuesday to focus attention on the impact immigrant laws have on women—using the star power of feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem to propel them forward.
Gloria Steinem, 79, is a writer and feminist activist who led the women’s liberation movement during the sixties and seventies. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine and was one of its editors for 15 years. Steinem has written four bestselling books on women’s issues and has helped organizations seeking to promote the role of women in education, media and politics. She has also produced work to promote awareness on child abuse, reproductive health and the death penalty.
You don't have to be an immigrant to care about reform. Whether you're a U.S. citizen or undocumented, the issue affects everyone — especially young American women.
1. Immigration is a women's issue.
Though the media and political pundits insist on almost exclusively showing us images of male undocumented immigrants, the fact of the matter is that about 3/4 of all immigrants are women and children!
TWO weeks ago, 33 women were arrested in Bellevue for refusing to leave the Washington state GOP headquarters until the state’s four Republican congressional representatives agreed to advance a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. House.
The participants were diverse immigrant and nonimmigrant women from unions, immigrant-rights and women’s organizations. Even the Seattle mayor’s wife, Peggy Lynch, participated.
Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says
Why immigration is a major issue for women
A top Republican lawmaker told protesters he met with in his home district in California this week that the House of Representatives would not have time this year to vote on any immigration measure.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told demonstrators in his office in Bakersfield on Wednesday night that the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue. But he said he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House next year.
Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist and immigration activist, reacts to the news that House Republicans are not going to take up immigration reform this year.
This is Jose Vargas, an immigration activist, Jose has lived in the united states since he was 12. he did not know at the time he was here without documentation until he tried to get a driver's license as a teenager. he has recently directed the documentary called documented. thank you so much for being here.
Thank you so much for having me.