The Reluctant Housewives of Silicon Valley

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Here’s an article I wrote for the Guardian on Tech Wives, and immigration law.

So often when working on issues related to refugees or poor migrants, I end up reflecting on how lightly I carry my rights — the right to a safe home, the right to enjoy family life, the rights to running water and nutritious food and a living wage. But even as I empathize with their plights, it is impossible to escape the fact that our lives are so different. I have never felt that those rights are at risk of being taken away from me.

 

But talking to H4 visa holders has been a different experience.  These women are privileged; they live where I do; but for a few quirks of fate (and the US immigration system) I could have been one of them. That has been a sobering reflection.  And it has made me realize with new intensity just how lucky I am to have the right to work.