Immigrant women and children have waited too long for comprehensive immigration reform that brings them out of the shadows, allows them to become full contributors to their communities and enables them to live without fear.
At the Women's Refugee Commission, we know that the face of immigration in the United States is overwhelmingly that of women and children. It was a joy and an honor to witness that face come out of the shadows in such a powerful, moving and courageous way.
An estimated 12 million people worldwide are stateless, with no country to call home. This occurs when nationality legislation prevents women from acquiring, changing, retaining or passing on their nationality to their children and/or their spouses on an equal basis with men.
While urban settings offer increased economic opportunities for many displaced people, they can also present numerous obstacles to success and safety. In this respect, most refugees face all the challenges of the very poor, but are also in a new and unfamiliar environment.
Refugees are victims of circumstances they did not create and cannot control. And women, often unaccompanied by men, caring for young children, and lacking in job skills and opportunities, generally have the most difficult time.
Critics have reduced improvements to facility conditions to potted plants and bingo night. But we are obligated to reform an nefficient system in which detainees have been dying due to negligent medical treatment.