Target: Members of the U.S. Senate
Goal: Support immigration legislation granting women the same ease of entry into the U.S. that men enjoy
In the midst of significant immigration reform, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has condemned pending immigration legislation creating a “two-tiered system that reduces people to points.” A proposal by Senate Republicans discriminates against women by rewarding high levels of education and technical job training. This is unfairly advantageous for male workers who generally have more opportunities for education and work in their home countries. According to Sen. Hirono, this system “institutionalizes and sets in concrete the unequal opportunities that women have in these countries.”
Sen. Hirono and 11 other female senators are co-sponsoring an amendment that acknowledges different levels of education and technical job experience among applicants. Their plan would reserve 30,000 residency cards each year for women-dominated professions such as “nannies, home health-care workers and early childhood educators.”
Men currently make up about 85 percent of the foreign workers awarded visas. The points system based on unemployment rates ignores the systematic discrimination many women face in their home countries, preventing them from having equal access to higher education or technical job training.
While Republican Senators push for an increase in work visas to balance out country’s economic needs, these 12 female senators argue that providing men with unfair advantages for immigration will only broaden the disparity between genders. Family-based immigration contributes to the directly to the economy and has been proven to increase “successful integration through family support networks.”
Sign below to express your support for eliminating these unfair requirements and facilitating the immigration applications for 4.3 million families.
Dear Members of the U.S. Senate,
The pending legislation on immigration is unfairly skewed to favor men with higher levels of education and job training, ignoring the lack of access to these opportunities many women face in their home countries. The amendment sponsored by Sen. Hirono recognizes this disadvantage and ensures women have equal access to come to the U.S. by reserving residency cards for female-dominated professions.
Women attempting to leave their home countries are often escaping systematic oppression in favor of great advancements in gender equality and the many opportunities we all take for granted.
We demand immigration reform that embraces complete equality for women and men by not rewarding applicants based on their level of education of job training.
[Your Name Here]
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