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OneAmerica Leader: Immigration is a Women's Issue

By Erica C. Barnett July 6, 2010

Feminist swoon alert: Pramila Jayapal, the director of Seattle-based OneAmerica immigration reform group, cowrote a piece last month with Gloria Steinem making the case that immigration is a women's issue. Noting that the vast majority of immigrants, documented and undocumented, are women, many of them fleeing domestic violence, brought here unwillingly through sex trafficking, or seeking to escape other human rights abuses—they write:
[T]he popular image of immigrants is so far from their reality that even immigrant groups and the women’s movement have yet to harness their collective power together. Imagine how much both movements would gain if they worked in a coordinated fashion to move comprehensive immigration reform?

The truth is that millions more Americans would be the natural allies of immigrants if they were presented with an accurate picture of who immigrants really are. That number of supporters would be increased still more by knowing how important a part of the economy female immigrants are.  While there are no statistics breaking out the economic contributions of women immigrants, economists estimate that giving them stability by passing immigration reform would increase the gross domestic product of the U.S. by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years — and women are a key part of that contribution.

Read Steinem and Jayapal's whole piece here, and check out Bryce's interview with Jayapal here.
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