TAMACC Calls on President Biden to Extend Work Permits to Help Alleviate Labor Shortage

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) is urging President Biden to address the severe labor shortage by extending work permits to long-term immigrants. This includes undocumented spouses and immediate family members of U.S. citizens, “Dreamers” ineligible for DACA, and other long-term workers who have significantly contributed to the U.S. economy.

Labor Shortage Crisis

Texas is facing a critical labor shortage, with over 749,000 non-farm job openings as of February 2024. The state has only 80 available workers for every 100 open jobs. Nationally, there are 8.7 million job openings but only 6.4 million unemployed workers, leaving nearly 2.4 million positions unfilled even if all unemployed individuals were hired.

Immediate Action Needed

While bipartisan legislation is ideal, the urgency of the situation calls for immediate executive action. TAMACC urges President Biden to use his authority to issue work permits to long-term immigrants who have paid taxes and contributed to the economy for years. These individuals have raised families, many of whom include U.S. citizen children.

Economic and Moral Imperatives

Extending work permits would generate $16 billion in economic activity and benefit 10.6 million U.S. citizens living with undocumented immigrants. It would also protect immigrants from exploitation and enable them to seek jobs matching their skills.

Conclusion

TAMACC calls on President Biden to use his statutory authority to extend work permits to long-term immigrants. This action is both an economic necessity and a moral obligation, crucial for addressing the labor shortages in Texas and nationwide

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