New Immigration Rules Could Harm Home-Based Care Workforce

POSTED ON MONDAY, June 1, 2020 

In April, the Trump Administration introduced new changes to U.S. immigration system included was suspending most immigration visas for sixty days.  The reason for this policy was stated to be protecting jobs for U.S. citizens as unemployment rates continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many worry that this policy will be extended beyond the current 60 days, and since immigrants make up more than 25% of the home-based care workforce, this could have a crippling effect on their workforce.

“Many home care agencies, nursing homes and residential care settings rely on immigrants to meet demand to ensure that older people and people with disabilities have daily support,” Robert Espinoza, vice president of PHI, said. “Whenever we make it more difficult for immigrants to live and work in this country, we’re threatening the ability of long-term care employers to have enough workers to support their clients and their residents.”

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