Immigration and Immigrant Rights

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants have been an essential part of American society since our country’s inception. According to the 2000 Census, there are more than 30 million immigrants in the U.S., equaling 11 percent of the population. One in five children is the child of an immigrant.

These immigrants and their children contribute to our communities, economy and our culture. The United States is one of the most diverse nations today, thanks to the millions of immigrants who have enriched our culture and contributed to our economic growth.

Local communities, state and federal governments must enact and enforce immigration laws and policies that extend beyond the hot-button topics of border and job security. Immigrant women, children and families face unique situations, ranging from domestic violence to human trafficking, that should be included in the focus of immigration reform.

YWCA Position

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and provide education on racism and its elimination.

Fact Sheet - Immigration and Immigrant Rights