Policy Analysis

Statement of We Belong Together Submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “Attorney General Nomination”

Members of the Committee, we are We Belong Together. Thank you for the opportunity to
submit this statement for inclusion in the record for today’s hearing. We Belong Together is a
campaign co-anchored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific
American Women’s Forum to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration policies
that will keep families together and empower women. We Belong Together was launched on
Mother’s Day in 2010 and has exposed the dangerous impact of immigration enforcement on

We Belong Together Welcomes DOJ Announcement to End Contracts with Private Prisons, Calls on DHS to Follow

August 19, 2016


Roxana Bendezu, 202.826.3547

Washington, DC -- Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced plans to phase out contracts between the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private prison corporations. This welcome news will affect 13 federal prisons operated by private companies (GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America and Management and Training Corporation) and comes in response to investigations and tireless organizing exposing widespread abuse and multiple deaths in these facilities.

We Belong Together Response to House Judiciary Bill Mark-Ups

We write to you today to voice our opposition to four bills scheduled for mark up in the House Judiciary Committee this week: H.R. 1148, the Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act; H.R. 1149, the Protection of Children Act of 2015; H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015; and H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act. These bills are an attack on immigrant women. Women and children represent 75% of immigrants in our country today and there are an estimated 5 million undocumented women living in the U.S. Immigrant women fuel our economy, power our communities and grow our families.

Analysis of Executive Action on Immigration and Priorities for Women

On November 20, 2014 President Obama took an historic step toward fixing our broken immigration system by announcing several executive actions his administration will undertake. This analysis examines how the six women’s priorities identified by We Belong Together were honored by the President’s executive action and highlights the areas in which the struggle for a fair and humane immigration system continues.

Analysis of the House Immigration Bill (H.R. 15) and Women’s Priorities for Immigration Reform

We Belong Together has identified six core priorities that must be included to address the needs of women and children in any comprehensive immigration reform:

  • Include a broad and clear roadmap to citizenship that recognizes the contributions of women’s work and women workers,
  • especially those in the informal economy.

Analysis of the Senate Immigration Bill (S. 744) Amendments: Impact on Women and Families

Click here to download an analysis of proposed amendments to the Senate Immigration Bill.

We Belong Together’s priorities for immigration reform that will treat women fairly include:

  • An inclusive roadmap to citizenship
  • Family reunification
  • Workers rights protections and fairness in employment-based immigration
  • Protections for survivors of violence and trafficking
  • Due process and protections for families
  • Immigrant integration