Members of Congress:
Immigrants have played a critical role throughout the pandemic and we know they will continue to play a critical role in our continued COVID recovery, particularly in our care infrastructure. We know nearly 23 million immigrants have put their lives on the line in essential roles that keep our children and families healthy, and keep our child care, health care system, long-term care, food supply chain, and our economy running.
Updating the registry would give immigrant essential workers, Dreamers and TPS holders access to permanent protections to remain in this country. America’s Moms know this is an important step toward rebuilding our nation’s care infrastructure. Immigrants comprise 40 percent of home care workers and 18 percent of child care workers in the U.S. With child care and elder care chronically understaffed, creating legal protections for immigrants is a critical part of ensuring parents can work and decreasing labor shortages that are driving inflation. With mothers stepping out of the labor force at a higher rate than fathers, it’s clear that to support their return to the workforce we must support child care and elder care.
Please support all efforts to protect immigrant families who have tirelessly worked to support our communities throughout the pandemic. Renewing registry not only helps immigrant parents and children, but all families across the country who rely on our immigrant workforce.