“More than 3.4 million immigrants covered by immigration relief provisions in the BBB currently work in industries experiencing some of the highest labor shortages"
As the United States continues to experience historic labor shortages contributing to inflation and driving up costs for families, FWD.us analysis below shows that immigration relief could help address these shortages and curb inflationary trends. FWD.us estimates that more than 3.4 million immigrants, or about half of those covered by immigration relief provisions in the Build Back Better (BBB) Act, currently work in industries experiencing some of the highest labor shortages (6% or higher share of jobs unfilled).1
The BBB’s immigration relief provisions would offer work permits and protections to an estimated 5.3 million undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. since 2011, and would allow hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers who currently hold legal status but are waiting for permanent status to more quickly obtain a green card.
Immigrants in the workforce, including those who are undocumented and those waiting to transition from temporary to permanent status, need certainty in their legal status to help stabilize our country’s labor force and stave off increased inflation. Without the passage of BBB, workers facing the threat of deportation or expiring work permits will contribute to further uncertainty for them and for the labor force in these industries.