LeadingAge Participates in White House DPC Meeting on Immigration Policy

Legislation | June 17, 2021 | by Andrea Price-Carter

LeadingAge joined the members of the Essential Workers Immigration Coalition (EWIC), on June 16, 2021, in a virtual meeting with the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) staff that address President Biden’s immigration policy issues.

LeadingAge joined the members of the Essential Workers Immigration Coalition (EWIC), on June 16, 2021, in a virtual meeting with the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) staff that address President Biden’s immigration policy issues.

EWIC members represent a broad range of industries that depend upon immigration policies that are vital to addressing growing workforce shortages. EWIC requested the meeting to ensure the DPC, which drives the development and implementation of the President’s agenda, would prioritize immigration policies that support EWIC members.

EWIC urged the administration to address legislation that provides citizenship for essential workers, and the reintroduction of legislation that would implement a new pilot visa program for essential workers to fill non-farm and seasonal opportunities. Additionally, there was an opportunity to highlight the LeadingAge IMAGINE Initiative that offers policymakers opportunities to implement visa programs that specifically address aging services providers to fill positions of those willing to work in LTSS. Support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was also noted. And, there was agreement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 7, 2021 unanimous ruling that Temporary Protective Status (TPS) affords immigrants no special consideration who are seeking a path to permanent citizenship and remain in the U.S., will likely require a legislative solution.

At the conclusion of the meeting the DPC staff reiterated how President Biden’s legislative proposal, the Citizenship Act of 2021 sent to Congress the day after he was inaugurated, included an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status, protection for “dreamers” and increases the annual number of immigrant visas for lower-skilled jobs from 10,000 to 40,000. Going forward the DPC looks forward to working closely with EWIC, and reiterated the Administration’s commitment on finding common ground within Congress on immigration policies and with organizations that are serious about confronting these issues.