The Trump administration’s new immigration plan, codified in the GOP’s newly proposed RAISE Act, “openly and unapologetically” tries to reshape America’s racial demographics, reports Amanda Sakuma. But what most do not immediately realize is how women will bear the brunt of this misguided racist policy.
The new Republican bill sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) would obliterate the family reunification system because parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins to would no longer be allowed to use family ties to secure a visa. And as Sakuma points out, the bill only makes exceptions spouses and underage children, with no exceptions for single women.
“The RAISE Act, unveiled this week, has been lambasted by critics as discriminatory and xenophobic. It also directly attacks the paths to immigration that a majority of women rely on,” says Sakuma.
Since the 1960s, the overwhelming majority of immigrant women have typically gained legal status through family connections rather than job opportunities, according to Department of Homeland Security data, notes Sakuma.
But the bill disadvantages women in myriad ways, as it moves to shift immigration away from low-wage labor in general, and female-driven industries are arbitrarily shut out from legalization.