By Caterin Munguia and Elizabeth Mercado
My mom came to the US at the age of eighteen.
She did not come for the streets of gold or the promise of never ending work. She found herself running towards the US and away from an unstable home.
Luckily, her boyfriend had previously immigrated, and she had somewhere to go.
But what about those women that leave it all behind with no certainty of finding a home or a job once they reach the US? What makes them run so fiercely towards the unknown. Running away from unstable homes is a common theme for many women many are running from unwanted marriages or abusive homes. The US has seemed like safety for many people for many different reasons.
Ruiz, Zong, & Batalova, in their article Immigrant Women in the US, state, “The female share of the immigrant population is higher in the US than it is globally…where about 48 percent of the international migrant stock is female.” We have all heard the saying that the US is the land of the free, but is it really how free can a land be when the people in it are so afraid to get justice because they fear getting thrown out of it.
Most of the immigrant women hold their tongue and do not report the abuse they suffer because they fear being deported. According to Futures Without Violence, “Immigrant women often feel trapped in abusive relationships because of immigration laws.” No women should ever feel helpless in the place for which they believed they would be getting a new start. Unfortunately their abusers know their fears and exploit them. In order for all people to really experience the American dream their needs to be a way that regardless of your residence status you can get a fair trial.
Being an immigrant does not mean that they stop being people and don’t deserve justice. There needs to be more mention of a safe place were women can turn. According to the Huffington post “38,028,00… [is] the number of women who have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetime.”