Feminist organizations and immigrant advocacy groups across the country are working to mobilize women in an attempt to strengthen their fight for female immigrants’ equality. Women and children comprise a majority of individuals coming to the U.S. that are working toward a path to citizenship, and they are often an overlooked population. Many of these advocacy groups are working to overhaul immigration reform laws because they believe that women’s rights are not being addressed and immigrant families are affected.
Immigrant support organizations have reported that the visa system currently in place in the U.S. favors male-dominated industries like technology, and because more visas are available for individuals with more education and skills, many women are being overlooked for these opportunities. Oftentimes women cannot secure higher paid jobs in their country of origin, which limits them when they arrive in the U.S. and apply for a working visa. Because of this fact, most female immigrants rely on family-based visas and are added to the backlog of more than 4 million immigrants waiting for these documents that will lead them to a path to citizenship.
Women in Congress have collaborated to help change this trend by aiding female immigrants and helping provide a path to citizenship. Both Republican and Democrat representatives have worked together to write amendments to immigration reform laws that would place more focus on allocating visas to female-dominated industries. Other organizations are using different methods to rally U.S. citizens and women’s advocacy groups through the use of online campaigns demanding Congress focus more on the rights of immigrant women. One of the main points that groups are fighting for is the availability of safe, secure work environments for female immigrants that will allow them to work toward citizenship for themselves and their families. Workplace safety has been a major concern for many women’s groups, and the opportunity for female immigrants to contribute to their family as well as the U.S. labor market is very important across the country.