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RELEASE: The White House Immigration Framework Hurts Women, CAP Analysis Finds
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RELEASE: The White House Immigration Framework Hurts Women, CAP Analysis Finds

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  • Elena Gaona

Washington, D.C. — As voting begins in the debate over how to provide protection to Dreamers, a new analysis by CAP today finds that the White House Immigration framework and legislation by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the Secure and Succeed Act will significantly reduce opportunities for women to immigrate to the United States and will disproportionately affect immigrant women in their prime working age.

Women will be adversely affected by cuts to family migration and the diversity visa program, the analysis finds. In 2016, 81 percent of women—more than 460,000 people—who immigrated to the United States did so through family sponsorship or via an immediate relative who was a U.S. citizen.

But, with the cuts suggested by the Trump-Grassley legislation, nearly 200,000 fewer women would be allowed to immigrate annually. These women are parents, spouses, and siblings to U.S. citizens and are the primary drivers of their families’ integration.

By eliminating opportunities for U.S. citizens to reunite with their parents, adult children, and siblings, and lawful permanent residents to reunite with their adult unmarried children, the Trump-Grassley proposal would significantly curtail opportunities for women in the prime working ages, the analysis concludes.

Read the analysis: “The White House Immigration Framework Hurts Women” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka and Philip E. Wolgin

For more information or to talk to an expert please contact Elena Gaona at egaona@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6322.