The conversation around immigration generally skews male. In fact, when President Donald Trump has talked about immigration reform, he has called undocumented immigrants “bad hombres,” and “drug dealers, criminals, and rapists.”
Outside of the need to move beyond racist caricatures of who immigrants are — what about women immigrants?
Women make up more than half of immigrants who are coming into the United States. And they are often the primary breadwinners in their families and make up a large segment of the immigrant workforce. Yet they are often the first to be exposed to the abuses of unfair immigration and labor practices.
This week’s Divided States of Women tackles the issues surrounding the immigrant rights debate for women and focuses on women on the front lines of this deeply contentious issue.