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Women and Immigration Law

April 20, 2009

Mexico Border

Many people are aware of the phenomenon known as feminization of poverty. We also now see the feminization of AIDS.  We can now add to that list the feminization of immigration.

These biases represent a skew against women and now it is crossing our borders.  The winter issue of Ms. Magazine includes an article by Patricia Zavella discussing the reformation of immigration law.  Zavella touches on the increased percentage of women immigrants, especially those coming in from Mexico.  Additionally, more families are being separated during crackdowns.

The numbers represent a greater amount of women risking life and limb to provide better opportunities for their families.  Often times, they may cross the border sacrificing the ability to safely return home in the future.

As the root of family life, I wonder how the increasing difficulties for women immigrants will affect healthcare, education and the family unit?

It cannot be overstated that moving forward with immigration policy will require a sensitivity to the unique situation of women and their children.  As Zavella recommends, we must focus on policy that unites women and families and keeps them safe, as opposed to breaking down those relationships, the backbone of our society.

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  1. April 20, 2009 7:02 pm

    So true! Bookmarking your site.

  2. thomasmurphymusic permalink
    April 20, 2009 7:09 pm

    Add to that the feminization of the Third World. Wonderful article Phyllis.

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