Except for the indigenous people’s descendants, any person living in the U.S. today is either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant. Thus, immigration issues are very important to tackle in the country. Though there are laws that govern immigration, asylum seeking, and ushering foreigners into the country, many challenges remain to be met.
As society evolves, reforms need to be operated in order for anyone, irrespective of their status to feel loved and considered human. Recently, more and more voices are being raised both from the Democrats and the Republicans in favor of immigration reforms which could provide solutions for ongoing issues such as inflation.
According to the latest Job Opening and Labor Turnover report by the labor department, in December 2021 alone, 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, making the total number of people who voluntarily left their jobs for better ones during the pandemic to 47.4 million, the highest in the past twenty years.
Unprecedented job quitting records have been observed since April 2020 when vaccination efforts by certain business owners forced some workers to resign making the workload higher for the remaining. In addition, the economic situation got harder and harder making business owners readjust and readapt. Most workers can’t help but find their way out for better jobs.
Rucha Vankudre works at Emsi Burning Glass, a labor market analysis firm, and is a senior economist. He told CNBC Make it that since April 2020 enterprises had readjusted in different ways including granting opportunities to people to telework. This had brought teleworkers to take jobs from many companies and organize themselves to get things done in due time and end up with better wages.
It is also to be noticed that they are a lot of other works Americans are not interested in. The question is “how does one fill these needs”? There comes the crucial role of other professionals and even unqualified but highly needed people from other nationalities.
Those works left behind by ambitious workers are taken by immigrants in need of enough experience in order to go a step further in their careers. Both Republicans and Democrats are aware of this. That’s why from both sides some people have become very vocal on immigrant issues.
For those advocates, the U.S. policymakers have to soften the rules for immigrants and allow them to legally enter the U.S. because their presence is much needed. Democrats are more prone to that as president Biden had tried in vain a few months ago to turn off the trump era “Title 42”. The biggest fear though remains border security as more and more people are entering the U.S. illegally.
If the border security challenge is met, then policymakers may become more open. For the advocates, letting in foreign professionals and other nonprofessionals who are ready to take low-paying or unwanted jobs is a better way to tackle inflation. Moreover, there are a lot of people who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. “The Dreamers” (as they are called) manage to get trained, but can’t get adequate jobs because of their status.
On the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a group of GOP business leaders urged Republican congressional leaders to grant “Dreamers” legal status to help ease inflation and the U.S. labor shortage.
A letter was sent to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, requesting that they reach a deal on immigration to provide permanent legal status to the immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The letter was sent by 14 donors who call themselves “life-long Republicans.”
The donors wrote, “Improving border security and providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers is not only morally right; it is also absolutely crucial to addressing labor shortages, reducing food prices, and creating jobs for all American families.”
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