On this latest episode of What would a feminist do? we talk with Lorella Praeli, Hillary Clinton’s Latino outreach director and Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum about how immigrant women are treated.

The conversation explores the hazards of being undocumented and accessing safe reproductive care, the reality of domestic abuse and the danger of sexual assault. We delve into the myths surrounding immigration and identify racist rhetoric like “anchor babies” and how anti-migrant policy treats women’s bodies as a threat to the nation.

The conversation also touches on the history of using immigration policy to control women by stigmatizing their ability to create immigrant families. “The first ever immigration law every past ... was written to expressly prohibit Chinese women from coming to this country,” says Yeung. “And it did so by labeling them as immoral and by labeling them as prostitutes.”


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