The U.S. continues to deal with a worker shortage in many industries — and now, some experts say that welcoming more immigrants could be the answer to filling many positions and getting the economy booming.
John Dorer, CEO of Immigration Office Solutions, tells KMOX that industries like manufacturing, hospitality, food, caregiving, and home health aid are often bolstered by the work of immigrants. However, not all immigrants are able to work right when they get to the U.S., he explained.
“The immigration system is broken. And what I mean by that is that most people that you see coming across the border, they're applying for asylum,” he said. “But because there are so many coming through, and it takes so long to process them, they aren't able to get legal permission to work for at least a year until a certain point when their asylum application is accepted.”
A way to mitigate the problem, Dorer said, is to fix the immigration system and provide new immigrants with temporary work permits.
Dorer’s organization, Immigration Office Solutions, helps get new immigrants settled and connected with employers. People from all over — South America, east Asia, eastern Europe — come through to find work.
Dorer said that there are 11 or 12 million undocumented workers in the U.S. who, if given the ability to work, could greatly contribute to the economy.
“A lot of people say, ‘Let them pay up, pay a fine for their overstay.’ But get them, in the system, it would generate a huge amount of revenue,” he said. “And it would — it would kind of bring people from within the shadows and pay for a lot of the social services that they're using. So that's kind of a big, simple ask from the business community.”
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