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Hirono slams immigration bill as importer of female inequality

By Oskar Garcia


U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says a sweeping immigration bill being considered by the Senate is unfair to women 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.

"This bill basically moves us away from the family-based system and into economic considerations," Hirono said. "Nothing wrong with that, but we should be fair to women while we're doing it."

She says the bill also reduces opportunities for family members of those already in the U.S. to immigrate using green cards.

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. There are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

"We all want a stronger economy, but we should not sacrifice the hard-won victories of the women's equality movement to get it," Hirono said. "Ensuring that women have an equal opportunity to come here isn't an abstract policy cause to me."

Hirono, the first woman born in Asia to serve in the U.S. Senate, was born in Fuku­shima, Japan, and moved to Hawaii with her mother in 1955. She easily won election in November after moving from the U.S. House.

Hirono said she plans to work with other women in the Senate to introduce an amendment to make the bill more favorable to women.

The CBO analysis said the bill would lower the deficit in each of the next two decades. Deficits would fall by $197 billion across a decade, and by $700 billion in the following 10 years, if the bill were to become law, the CBO said.

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Wazdat wrote:
This lady is STUCK in her past and has done NOTHING as an elected leader. Time to send her PACKING...
on June 19,2013 | 05:44AM
hanalei395 wrote:
YOU ... are STUCK with the lady. Sen. Hirono has a life-time job.
on June 19,2013 | 10:21AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
If she continues in supporting and promoting bills like the one described in the article, I would happily vote to keep her in office over and over again. I don't see any evidence that any one who has commented before me understands the legislation.
on June 19,2013 | 02:28PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I hope she didn't embarrass herself and Hawaii like she did in the sexual abuse in the military hearing.
on June 19,2013 | 10:01AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
You call that embarrassing? I disagree. What's beyond embarrassing is that there are military leaders who give full passes and even promotions to those under their charge who rape and sexually assault their comrades. I'm proud of Mazie Hirono and all fight against institutionalized sexism and the crimes such attitudes foment.
on June 19,2013 | 02:25PM
allie wrote:
Mazie may not be much but she is what she is.
on June 19,2013 | 10:08AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Oh come on Mazi. This bill will never pass. Enforcement, ever since 1986 should be the rule. An inhanced legal immigration system should be persued.
on June 19,2013 | 12:22PM
localguy wrote:
Once again, Mazie, with nothing to do, is trying to look important. Sad to say since she is the only one complaining, it is a total made up issue. No way can the immigration bill compensate for how each country works. Mazie should know this but once you become a bureaucrat, well, you do a mental brain dump. Sad.
on June 19,2013 | 02:36PM
wiliki wrote:
Compensation is possible. It would be done if women ran the immigration system.
on June 19,2013 | 04:53PM
wiliki wrote:
I agree with Hirono... we should not discriminate against women immigrants.
on June 19,2013 | 04:49PM
pcman wrote:
IRT wiliki on discrimination. How is women immigrants being discriminated against? There are more female immigrants in Hawaii than male immigrants. Just check out the K-bars, colleges and military dependent wives. So where's the beef? She's barking up the women's cause tree because she has nothing else to offer to improve immigration to Hawaii. I am not voting for her again. Why isn't she fighting to improve Federal Impact Aid to Education in Hawaii? Right now we are getting less than 20% reimbursement for Hawaii's expenses to teach Federal and military children in public schools in Hawaii.
on June 20,2013 | 10:05AM
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