High-skilled temporary worker program may discriminate against women

gender-discriminationThe Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday afternoon arguing that the H-1B visa program, which covers highly skilled temporary foreign workers, often in high-tech fields, discriminates against women. The hearing, which was devoted to issues women face in the immigration process, also focused on family reunification, and ways to help families — and women specifically — integrate into the legal immigration system. “I don’t think we should be setting up an either-or proposition — even the most highly skilled immigrants, they have families, too,” said Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, referring to what she described as a false, “either-or” choice between family-based immigration and high-skilled immigration.

New York Times: Gender Bias Seen in Visas for Skilled Workers

Wall Street Journal: Immigration Hearing Pits Family Against Economy

Huffington Post: Latino Voters Poll: Majority Know Undocumented Immigrant

Poll: Latino Decisions

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