Who mow’s your lawns?
Who cook’s in restraints ?
Who work’s in low paying factory jobs?
Who is needed in some high tech positions in Sillicon Valley and now even in Texas?
While Republicans use immigration as a wedge issue against Democrats?
The actual situation is more complex….
America’s economy NEEDS immigrants for low wage jobs AND high technology ones…
Since the gate closing of Covid….
The number of immigrants coming to America has dropped….
Never mind the hair on fire carrying on of those like Republican Texas Governor Abbott….
U.S. employers say it’s a hard time to find and keep talent. Workers are decamping at near-record rates, while millions of open jobs go unfilled. One reason for this labor crunch that has largely flown beneath the radar: Immigration to the U.S. is plummeting, a shift with potentially enormous long-term implications for the job market.
In the middle of the last decade, the U.S. was adding about 1 million immigrants a year. But those numbers, which slowed down during the Trump administration, hit a brick wall whenerupted in 2020.
“This decline reflects both tougher immigration policies and the pandemic which reduced legal immigration and caused some recent immigrants to return to their native countries,” David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, said in a recent report.
After COVID-19, most travel shut down. Immigration processing stopped, and many foreign workers returned to their home countries. In 2020, immigration fell to half of its 2016 level; last year, it fell to just over a quarter(April 2022).
By one calculation, the U.S. workforce today has 2 million fewer immigrants than it would have if immigration had continued at pre-pandemic levels. That gap is especially being felt in low-paying industries, such as leisure and hospitality, food services retail, and health care….