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Blog #50 Tuesday, October 26, 2021

issing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges *

-Fewer foreign people have been able to work in the U.S. amid the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the potential labor force.

-Neha Mahajan was a television journalist in India before her husband’s job moved her family to the United States in 2008. She spent years locked out of the labor market, confined by what she calls the “gilded cage” of her immigration status — one that the pandemic placed her back into.

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have gone missing from the labor market as the global coronavirus pandemic drags on, leaving holes in white-collar professions like the one Ms. Mahajan works in and in more service-oriented jobs in beach towns and at ski resorts. Newcomers and applicants for temporary visas were initially limited by policy changes under former President Donald J. Trump, who used a series of executive actions to slow many types of legal immigration. Then pandemic-era travel restrictions and bureaucratic backlogs caused immigration to drop precipitously, threatening a long-term loss of talent and economic potential.

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My 2 cents opinion:
Opinion/Reaction: Many employers seemed to have relied on immigration to keep their businesses operating.
Nativists argued that they should be given preference for local jobs. But many nativists only want to do certain kinds of jobs, or may not be qualified for many jobs. When you close borders, you also lock out job applicants that are now needed to restart a normal economy. Opinión / Reacción: Muchos empleadores parecían haber confiado en la inmigración para mantener en funcionamiento sus negocios.
Los nativistas argumentaron que se les debería dar preferencia a los trabajos locales. Pero muchos nativistas solo quieren hacer ciertos tipos de trabajos, o pueden no estar calificados para muchos trabajos. Cuando cierra las fronteras, también bloquea a los solicitantes de empleo que ahora se necesitan para reiniciar una economía normal.


*Read More https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/25/business/economy/foreign-workers-shortage-hiring.html?smid=url-share