Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says a sweeping immigration bill being considered by the Senate is unfair to women in its current form because of educational and career inequities in other countries.
The Democrat said on the Senate floor Tuesday that a new merit-based point system to evaluate potential immigrants would bring inequitable treatment abroad into the United States.
She says the bill also reduces opportunities for family members of those already in the U.S. to immigrate using green cards. She says at least seven in 10 women come to the United States under the family system.
"Too many women overseas do not have the same educational or career advancement opportunities available to men in those countries," Hirono stated in a press release Tuesday. "This legislation increases the amount of employment based visas, immigration avenues that favor men over women by nearly a four to one margin."
A Congressional Budget Office analysis said Tuesday that about 8 million people in the U.S. illegally would gain legal status under the Senate bill.