The War on Immigrant Women: Part of the Sweeping Crusade Against the Fundamental Rights of All Women
Aracelidoesn’t go out alone anymore. She is frightened of ongoing harassment by local police, whom she used to trust to protect her. Trini drops her two children off at school every morning unsure if she will be there at pickup time. Other mothers in her communities have, after all, been "disappeared," taken from their homes, and families, without warning or trace.
Think this is happening in Kabul? Juarez?
Actually, it’s happening in Alabama.
Today, the escalating "war on women" has — rightly — sparked widespread outrage and urgent action to protect women’s human rights in the United States. But the also-ongoing "waronimmigrants" is not merely a coincidental crisis. Both are elements of a sweeping crusade against the fundamental rights of women living in the United States, documented and otherwise.
The current attacks on women’s health, sexuality, and self-determination — in states, in GOP debates, on the airwaves, and beyond — are appalling enough. But they are only part of the story. The war on women is even more than an assault on the most basic and personal choices in our lives, even more than an assault on our right to determine if, when and under what circumstances to become mothers. It is also an attack on our essential right to mother— to raise healthy, safe children in healthy, safe families. And on that front, it is immigrant women and women of color who suffer the most.