06.20.1312:46 PM ET

More Women to Immigrate to U.S.?

Proposal would help immigrants with little access to education.

A group of female senators is set to introduce a proposal that would reserve 30,000 residency cards per year for female immigrants in fields traditionally held by women such as child care and home health care. The senators want to challenge pending legislation that would reward applicants with higher education and technical skills. Twelve women right now plan to co-sponsor the bill, arguing that the original bill would discriminate against women without access to higher education. The new law would allow immigrant women to have greater access to jobs regardless of their education in their home country.