Women are 51% of the immigrant population. Over 16.6 million people belong to mixed-status families, with at least one U.S. citizen and one undocumented member, many of who are parents or heads of household. Another gendered aspect of immigration is that 70% of immigrant women currently attain legal status through the family immigration system.
We believe the current immigration system needs to be reformed to unite and support immigrant families and uphold the civil and human rights of all people. Our broken immigration system has shattered millions of families through deportation. It has criminalized immigrant communities, allowed for the exploitation of workers, and has prolonged the suffering of domestic violence and trafficking survivors
Our Current Focus
The Immigration Circle focuses on providing education and collective funding opportunities to the WDN community about comprehensive immigration reforms and the gendered impact of immigration on women and children.
The Circle continues to advocate at the national level for comprehensive immigration reform that:
- Provides a path to citizenship for all immigrants including LGBTQ families, and ensures that it recognizes the contributions of women workers.
- Provides opportunities for safe future migration and maintaining worker protections.
- Ensures the safety and security for immigrant women survivors of violence and trafficking by expediting processes, increasing the number of U-visas provided for victims of domestic violence and expanding protections and relief.
- Ensures due process and protections for women and children. Too many women bear the brunt of unfair detention and deportation.
- Establishes border policy that respects border and immigrant communities.
- Recognizes immigrants’ full humanity.
For updates on the Immigration Circle’s work, visit our blog.
Over the last five years, WDN’s Immigration Circle has advocated for comprehensive immigration reform with a gendered lens in Washington, D.C. WDN members have met with numerous high-level lawmakers and Administrative leaders to push for reforms that center women and families.
Our message was that the Administration should allow for more case-by-case review of deportations so that families weren’t being torn apart, as this is consistent with our American values of justice and fairness.
The Immigration Circle has provided multi-year funding for an innovative women-led advocacy campaign called We Belong Together. We Belong Together is “a campaign to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration reform that will keep families together and empower women.” These organizing efforts continue to amplify the message that immigration is a women’s issue.