A new report has revealed that continued failure to act by Congress in regards to immigration reform in the United States could result in a bleak outlook for businesses that are reliant on low skilled workers. The study was released during a meeting on Capitol Hill, which was co-hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of business leaders and mayors.
According to the study, there is a strong level of demand for low skilled workers; the number of US citizens who are willing to fill such jobs has dramatically fallen over the course of the last 20 years. The report signals that the business community is not backing down on its attempts to get immigration reform back in the frame on Capitol Hill even though Republican leaders have been indicating that nothing is likely to happen this year.
The study highlights the argument that the business community has been putting forward for some considerable time now; namely that Congress needs to pass immigration reform so that employers can have greater access to the workforce they require. The study claims that access to greater educational opportunities and lower birth rates have resulted in an environment where immigrant workers are not so much helpful as vital to the wellbeing of the US economy.
Immigrant workers today are filling the gap that has been left by American workers who are no longer prepared to work in what they consider to be menial jobs, such as waiters and dishwashers.