Your member of Congress needs to hear from you now so that kids and moms aren’t overlooked. Here’s the lowdown: Immigration policy reform is moving so quickly, it’s a blur. News articles are reporting, “The vote remains on track for this week before the Senate recesses for its Fourth of July break.” 
Unfortunately, it’s looking like immigration policy reform is moving so fast that women and children — who comprise more than 75% of those impacted by the bill — may be left out.
We can’t blur out our kids or mothers.
A one-year-old baby boy ripped out of his mother’s arms with no assurance that they will ever see each other again. A second grader in Minnesota ended up home alone caring for his toddler brother. Every day, kids come home wondering if their parents will be there.
This can’t continue.
*Can you click here to urge your members of Congress to support immigration policy reform amendments that value the contributions of women and moms, protects our children, and treats us fairly?
The following amendments are critical to making sure that women, mothers, and children are treated fairly:
- Blumenthal-Murkowski Amendment #1636: The “Little Dreamers” Amendment, to ensure that the youngest children are not excluded from the DREAM Act’s expedited path to citizenship simply because they are too young to meet certain requirements.
- Hirono-Murray-Murkowski Amendment #1718: Ensure that women who may come from countries where education and employment are not easily available to them have a fair shot in the proposed merit-based employment system.
- Murray- Crapo Amendment #1368: Limit shackling of pregnant women in detention.
- Cardin Amendment #1294: Add community service to the list of eligible kinds of employment that would qualify for permanent status. Having this alternative recognizes that many women do tremendous community service at their children’s schools and in their communities, contributing every day.
- Murray Amendment #1414: Provide important provisions for survivors of domestic violence with visa-types not currently covered by VAWA or other laws.
We also need our members of Congress to oppose any bad amendments that will weaken the bill for women and families.
As moms, we know that children’s worst nightmare is to be separated from their parents. Yet, 4.5 million children in the United States must live with this fear every day.
It’s long past time for comprehensive immigration policy reform that reflects the contributions and needs of women and moms.
The current backlogs and decades-long waiting periods for family reunification, and the fact that there currently isn’t an earned roadmap to citizenship no matter how long or how much someone has contributed to this country, are unacceptable. We must have a roadmap to citizenship that is accessible and affordable for everyone, including moms and kids.
*Time is short. Don’t forget to click here to urge your members of Congress to support immigration policy reform amendments that value the contributions of women and moms, protects our children, and treats us fairly.
We all can relate to striving to protect our loved ones: Our children.
Together, we are a powerful force.
–Kristin, Mary, Elisa, Claire, and the whole MomsRising team