Originally posted on The WINsight:
As Congress heads home for August recess, advocates across the country are gearing up for a fight to pressure lawmakers back in their home states and communities to support comprehensive immigration reform that grants a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans with full and fair access to critical safety net programs and affordable health care.
This fight has high stakes for millions of women and families already working, paying taxes, and contributing to our communities who want to do right by the law and step out of the shadows, where a patchwork of harmful policies fueled by stereotypes and fear-mongering have led to wide disparities in health outcomes for women and children.
For example, while incidence and mortality rates for cervical cancer have been on the decline for U.S. born women, these rates have risen for immigrants because of the disparity in screening rates–only 61 percent of foreign-born women residing…
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