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The challenges of being a female immigrant

WBEZ's Afternoon Shift on May 23, 2013 21:23

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With women making up 51 percent of the total population of immigrants in the U.S., some advocacy groups say it is time to see immigration as a women’s issue. A majority of undocumented women work in the informal sector, often in domestic jobs. The inability to get proof of employment can be a barrier to legal status. Undocumented women also run the risk of abuse and harassment at work because they are less likely to report problems. Maria Pesqueira, the president and CEO of the advocacy group Mujeres Latinas en Acción, discusses the challenges faced by women immigrants and their families and what the immigration bill that is making its way through Congress means for them. Laura Medina, a 27-year-old undocumented woman, shares her experience. If you are a woman immigrant, what challenges do you face? How will an immigration bill affect you?

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