COVID-19 and the Great Resignation: Immigration Policy and the U.S. Labor Market

U.S. Census data demonstrates that immigration has dropped sharply in the last few years, and the declines have had real impacts on available workers in the U.S. labor market. Net international migration into the U.S., according to recent census data, shows that it was one-quarter of what it was in 2016. In a normal year, the U.S. welcomes roughly 1 million immigrants, and roughly three-quarters of them end up participating in the labor force. In 2020, that number dropped to about 263,000.

The U.S. immigration system requires employers to follow applicable laws and regulations, but what can employers do to advocate for the system to reflect the actual labor market demand? This panel will discuss the ongoing labor shortage, the 2020 census data and how the labor shortage is directly impacted tied to migration patterns and immigration policies. Program topics include the current state of affairs with a focus on health-care workers, what every employer needs to know about the employment immigration process, and how employers can advocate for relief through additional employment-based programs.

-Jon Baselice, Vice President of Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
-Katie Boston-Leary - Director of Nursing Programs American Nurses Association
-Ted Hutchinson, State Director
-Rebecca Shi, Executive Director, The American Business Immigration Coalition
-Jonathan Grode (Moderator), U.S. Practice Director (Managing Partner) - Green and Spiegel, LLC
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