Women’s Groups Not Quitting on Immigration Reform

Even though legislation is dead in Congress, a coalition of groups isn't throwing in the towel

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A coalition of women’s organizations announced Wednesday they will continue pushing House Republican leaders to vote on immigration reform this year, even as legislation before Congress is effectively dead.

The coalition is led by the pro-reform group We Belong Together, and it includes union, women, and community groups. The groups plan to use protest fasting and targeted attacks within congressional districts starting in March to mobilize women around the idea that immigration policy, at its core, has its greatest impact on women, children and families. Though they have yet to specify which members of Congress will face the most pressure, organizers said they will hold up GOP inaction as proof that Republicans are often “anti-women, anti-black and brown, and anti-family.”

“The timeline of [immigration reform] cannot be dictated by a small group of people,” Pramila Jayapal of We Belong Together told reporters on a conference call. “If Republican leadership really looks at the cost of not moving immigration reform forward and also the cost for their base, they’ll realize that a lack of action would continue to play into the frame.”

The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, and while Republicans signaled earlier this year that they might move on smaller piecemeal reform measures, House Speaker John Boehner, under pressure from conservatives, threw in the towel earlier this month. Boehner said his members don’t trust that Obama, who has overseen a record number of deportations, to appropriately enforce any new immigration law.

“The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be,” Boehner said at the time.

Organizers said about 75 percent of immigrants in the United States are women and children. A woman on the call who works with a pro-immigrant community group in Los Angeles said she lives in fear that her family will be separated every day because of existing law. “Even though I can’t vote I’m educating other people in my community about the importance of voting,” said María Galván, an undocumented immigrant and mother of two. “We must participate in this fight. Together we will make immigration reform with path to citizenship a reality.”

California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu said that if the existing reform bill were put to a vote, it would pass the House. She called on women’s groups to work together like they did in the successful push to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

“Efforts like these keep the pressure on,” Chu said. “It is public pressure that can change things around.”

29 comments
SeanHeusdens
SeanHeusdens

This country at this point needs an influx of immigration for primary reason being economical.

The first issue to look at is the US birth rates in 2012 being at record lows. This currently seems to be a long-term trend, which will result in a decline in the US population.This is clearly something we do not want to see with a large retiring baby boomer population moving into retirement. An increasing national debt with the declining aging population is a recipe for disaster.

The second is weakness in the housing market in November 2013 based on household formation rates. We do not want to see a growing number of our housing markets falling to a declining point like the city of Detroit. Furthermore, the city of Detroit would benefit from it influx of immigrants that could help stabilize that municipalities housing market.I personally do not think we can afford to a force current immigration laws by removing 11 million people further repressing our household formation rate.

A third reason is immigrants that are invested in the United States with a path to citizenship, which are more likely to create small business expansion. These potential new businesses will create jobs!!! Therefore undocumented immigrants that are documented will turn from forms a cheap labor to job creators in the United States. One out of every four immigrants is likely to start a business in this country. Therefore, if one fourth those businesses successfully survive and create 10 to 100 jobs the United States economy let’s start booming.

In my belief immigration reform is the second most important issue that this country needs to address. I know there are naysayers who believe this will destroy the US economy. I do believe they said this about every wave of immigration in this country; the immigrants were going to steal their jobs. The truth is being anti-immigration reform will destroy this country economy.

pa90040
pa90040

Terry your an idiot with your incoherent comment, you're so afraid of reality, that it makes you sound like a feminist racist. With your simple minded comment. Let the real people with brains run this country, o Kay pal!!! Go chew some tobacco...

TerryT.Magyar
TerryT.Magyar

So, do women need not obey immigration laws ? This country already has many poor women, many are trying to raise a family. Every dollar spent to aid an illegal resident is robbed from a legal resident.  

KevinBrown
KevinBrown

The phrase "women's groups fight for reform " is  much more desirable than saying "a small group of lesbians are out to remake our culture in their image and they are going to shamefully use minorities and illegal aliens to achieve that end." This article is laughable. This wolf pack is actually going to make Republicans ignore their own constituents and bow to them. That's just great! Immigration "reform" is dead so these skinny little dictators and their criminal henchmen should just pack up and leave. 

jcbk101
jcbk101

Damn Native Americans. They should have deported ALL of your parents. Speaking to the closed minded Red State-Rednecks...

jmac
jmac

Republicans will do anything to win the mid-terms.   Or in this case, nothing.   It's close to being unpatriotic.   This issue can be resolved.  It's not that complicated.  It's a small group of vocal right-wingers keeping this issue DOA.  

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

No one is stopping you ladies from being together. We, as a sovereign nation of laws, simply require that you co-exist within the confines of your own country. When America NEEDS more immigrants we will consider your application. Adios. 

CharlesEdwardBrown
CharlesEdwardBrown

What these groups need to understand is that we have already tried Amnesty in 1986 and it does not work. Its time for the Federal Government to start enforcing our immigration laws and deport all illegal aliens living in the United States.

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

What do women's groups have to do with illegal immigrants? Nothing. The coalition has one thing in common: being losers. 

Oh, I'm sorry. Oppressed losers. Does the illegal ever thank the nation for the great privileges bestowed upon them? Are they even aware that they benefit from the privilege of being alive despite coming to a country illegally?


Illegal immigration not only undermines a nation with diversity, it is an ever-widening wound that will never heal. Once legalized, they will demand more and more, and even feel entitled to being treated equally. At this point, the left will cave repeatedly until the country because some sort of commune, with no nationalism or supremacy to hold it together. The problem? Empathy. Empathy is a pervasive mental illness, characterized by the inability to recognize said illness because the patient believes being morally righteous is of supreme importance. 

MosesLara
MosesLara

@pa90040Seriously !!! he needs to get with the program. Because this country is looking way more diverse and in the imminent need of a new immigration system.

MosesLara
MosesLara

 @TerryT.Magyar, how inhuman and ignorant you sound, immigrants are not applicable to social services. !!! The economy, the economy !!! that's all American and ignorant people talk about. Immigrants get criminalized in this country though they are getting exploited and abused while doing the most dirty and cheap labor in this land. So excuse me sir but despite the social misrepresentations and stigma about immigrants, you should look at the core of the problem. Which is an outdated immigration system/law that is sinking the economy and unfairly criminalizing workers. Yes workers use citizens social security numbers to work, but have you wonder who hires them? American companies. The immigration system does not work, otherwise these hardworking people wouldn't have to work with some one else social security. Children and women are a constant victim of this that i call a modern day underclass. 

24AheadDotCom
24AheadDotCom

@TerryT.MagyarSomething you can do is shame Maya Rhodan into doing her job. Imagine that, instead of offering a press release, Maya Rhodan had called We Belong Together on harming lower-skilled American workers. Wouldn't things like that have a major impact?


So, to make things like that happen, I just sent a couple of tweets to @m_rhodan on Twitter. This page will collect her replies: http://24ahead.com/c/159


If she doesn't respond, I'll look up who she talks to on Twitter, and then tweet that page to them in order to show those people that Rhodan isn't a real journalist.


If just dozens of people did things like that, the message would come through loud and clear.

MosesLara
MosesLara

@KevinBrown  Wait a minute, are you implying that these women are lesbians?, now that is "laughable" how prejudice and delusional you sound though. Why is it your place to be deceivingly classifying all this groups of people. Another "laughable moment" in your spit senseless words, you dare to use the term illegal aliens. That's laughable coming from you because if we go a 100 years ago, you as well as the victims of this outdated mess immigration system would be fighting for rights. Such and embarrassment to your community and all of us immigrants in this country. Again do not forget that we are all immigrants, and just because a group of woman wants to stand up for their rights doesn't mean they are lesbians. Wow' you are truly an American (laughing).

Uglyamerican
Uglyamerican

@jcbk101  And the Latin nations should have deported all of the Spaniards....so fire up your time machine! You have lots of work to do.

Or you can stick to dealing with the present day and the immigration laws that every nation in the Western Hemisphere has.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

The issue certainly can be resolved, jmac. Foreign nationals need to learn to take "no" for an answer. This is not their country, it is ours, and right now millions of Americans are unemployed, mired in poverty and living in over-crowded cities.  If certain foreign nationals didn't feel entitled to rip apart our borders and conspire with certain ethically bankrupt employers we wouldn't be having this discussion right now, would we?

reallife
reallife

@jmac  it's the American people saying NO AMNESTY - we dont trust your messiah to enforce the laws, period


get used to it



aztecian
aztecian

@CharlesEdwardBrown it worked in '86 and it will work in '14 and beyond.  this not a one time deal.  it needs to continuous process. 

MosesLara
MosesLara

@GuoLiang  Before you start making statements which aren't true. Do not forget where your ancestors come from, or are u a native American? yes' that's what i thought. Illegal immigration exposes the need to reform the countries broken and outdated immigration system. This country is build with immigrant hands.  

TerryT.Magyar
TerryT.Magyar

@MosesLara @TerryT.Magyar , Our immigration process is not perfect, but it accepts a million legal immigrants annually. This is more than any other county, more than Europe, more than the rest of the world combined. We could double this number of immigrants and many people would still not be allowed to immigrate. Many more millions of people would like to immigrate. Someone must be told, "No". We have a right to manage immigration for the safety and security of the country.


Illegal residents are not immigrants, for immigrants use the legal pathway that's been established. Illegal residents do receive social services. The president's own aunt and uncle, both illegal residents, have been receiving social services. Many others do also.


Many illegal residents file taxes. Not to actually pay taxes, but receive federal tax dollars. The federal govt. reports this exceeds one billion dollars annually. 


So, every tax dollar consumed by an illegal resident, is robbed from poor legal residents.


How is it illegal residents are unfairly criminalized ? It's illegal for them to work here. They fraudulently use false social security numbers or steal a real number. They use counterfeit documents to deceive American companies to hire them. Yet you blame the American employer. It's the illegal resident that conducts illegal behavior, not the employer.


I agree that many illegal residents perform dirty and/or cheap labor.  However, about half the illegal residents come here legally with a work visa. Many of them work professional jobs. Jobs that are full time, white collar, and well paying.  When the visa expires, they refuse to go home. So, illegal labor is not limited to dirty cheap labor.


Legal; residents, especially women that are poor and/or disadvantaged could benefit from the tax dollars and jobs stolen by the illegal conduct of residents that ignore the legal pathway that millions of legal immigrants use.


Poor families of legal residents, headed by a single parent, usually a woman, would have more job opportunities and receive higher pay, if illegal residents didn't use fraud and false documents to fool American companies to hire them.

aztecian
aztecian

@reallife @jmacno it's NOT!   the majority of americans favor it.  okay the red-redneck states don't, but they don't constitute the majority and the majority has spoken,   you lose once again. 

MosesLara
MosesLara

@aztecian @CharlesEdwardBrown I don't think Charles is looking a the larger picture, this country needs immigrants to survive economically. Or does any one want to go work the fields for an under minimum wage? 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@aztecian @CharlesEdwardBrown  Learning marketable skills, holding corrupt elites responsible and practicing birth control need to be a continuous process in the Third World.  Europe and America cannot continue to be the safety-valve for the developing world's reckless experiment with overpopulation by illiterates. 

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

@MosesLara @GuoLiang  So? Now it has too many immigrants. Time to stop being tolerant.


hurr durr but we took immigrants before!


It's like you're really retarded.

MosesLara
MosesLara

@TerryT.Magyar say that to the farmers who hire undocumented immigrants sir. States with anti-immigration laws are loosing unimaginable amounts of profit. Specifically in the agricultural sector. Now this is a fact ".

MosesLara
MosesLara

@aztecian @reallife@jmac  Even if these so called red neck states dont want immigration refom, they must get with the program or allow these outdated immigration system laws to shrink their economy. these people have to understand that this is the new face in the United States. And anyway isn't America the land of immigrants?

aztecian
aztecian

@Uglyamerican @aztecian@reallife@jmacit is very close, maybe not this year, but in 5 years we'll have it.  The demographics have changed.  Maybe you just want to ignore that simple fact and how many more people will be of voting age with the demographics to shift legislation in our favor. 

Uglyamerican
Uglyamerican

@aztecian @reallife @jmac  That depends largely on which which polls you believe. According to La Raza, 90% of Americans (or those who would fancy themselves so) favor opening the border to all comers.

But most polls of American voters say that less than 30% favor such an action. Calling people who live in the various state what could be considered epithets does very little to further your cause and serves only to strengthen theirs.