'US immigration bill harms women’

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A United States senator has criticized the proposed immigration bill, saying it places women at a disadvantage, a report says.

Senator Mazie Hirono said in an interview posted by the Washington Post on Tuesday that the proposed US immigration measure Å“institutionalizes and sets in concrete the unequal opportunities that women have in these countries.”

The Japanese-born congressional representative disapproved of the bill that seeks to classify people into a two-tiered system, rewarding foreigners for their level of education or work experience.

The US lawmaker called on other female senators to propose a three-tiered measure to address immigration for men and women with different job experiences.

This is while rights groups and activists expressed concerns that a reform plan will exert more pressure on immigrants.

Public support for immigration reform has been steadily mounting, with protest rallies routinely held up in major cities across the United States.

On any given day, there are 33,000 people detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who spend an average of 26.5 days behind bars. In 2011, ICE deported nearly 400,000 people, with an annual cost of USD 1.7 billion to hold immigrants.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV