Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Discuss Data Showing Immigrant Women Outnumber Male Immigrants

In a recent report published by the American Immigration Council, statistics show that immigrant women now outnumber immigrant men in the United States.  There are over 20 million female immigrants in the United States today, which is 51 % of the immigrant population.  These women reportedly hail from a wide list of foreign lands, with Mexico accounting for 26% of all female immigrants.  China, the Philippines and India account for almost 16 % of the female immigrant population, while another six percent come from the countries of Vietnam and El Salvador.

It is interesting to note that among the demographic data available, nearly half of all immigrant women come into the United States on a family based visa compared to immigrant men who primarily enter the country on an employment based visa.  Over 76 % of the women who immigrated to the U.S. in 2012 came as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, or as a sponsored family member.  Only slightly more than 12% of immigrant women entered the U.S. on an employment based visa, despite the fact that almost 28% of immigrant women hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.  India had the highest level of educated female immigrants with the Philippines and China in second and third place respectively.

The demographic data in the American Immigration Council report showed that immigrant women are the dominant force striving to achieve U.S. citizenship status for themselves and their family members.  The current immigration crisis in America has undocumented female immigrants living in fear of their children being placed in foster care if they are deported or taken into custody.  Eighty-four percent of all women surveyed expressed a strong desire to become U.S. citizens, mostly to protect them from being separated from their children.  Others surveyed expressed that they wanted to become naturalized citizens to obtain the right to vote, and to ensure that they can reside in the United States permanently.

Unfortunately, data from the recent survey reported that a large percentage of female immigrants suffer verbal and physical abuse at home and in the workplace.  Racial discrimination, harassment over their immigration status, and feeling trapped in abusive relationships because of their fear of losing their residency status keep them from escaping these abusive situations.  These women also reported that they lack access to preventive healthcare despite the fact that their incomes qualify them for such services.  Lack of prenatal care and basic healthcare for their children leave these women vulnerable to preventable diseases and illnesses.

Proponents of immigration reform lobby for changes in our country’s current laws and policies to help all immigrants, with a strong focus on the 20 million female immigrants living in the U.S. today.  As the immigration crisis in America continues, lobbyists are calling for the President and Congress to take action on the Immigration Reform bill currently stalled in Congress.  President Obama has made statements indicating that he may use his executive power to implement change, but has so far not made any further announcements of his plans.

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