Refugees and immigrants are vital to the prosperity of our communities. However, many immigrants and refugees remain unable to fully contribute their talents to the workforce because of systemic barriers, including the lack of recognition of their international education and experience, outdated occupational and professional recredentialing processes, and insufficient access to meaningful workforce development and adult education services.
The underutilization of immigrant and refugee talent has devastating effects on individuals, local communities, and the U.S. economy. As the U.S. recovers and rebuilds, the need to integrate talented immigrants and refugees into the workforce is increasingly urgent. That is why we’re asking you to tell your U.S. Representative to cosponsor bipartisan legislation called the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act. This bill would direct the U.S. Department of Labor to study the factors that lead to the underemployment and unemployment of immigrants and refugees who hold professional credentials earned outside the United States. Members of Congress need to hear that their constituents support refugee and immigrant integration and want a more equitable, inclusive economy as we work to fight COVID-19 and safely re-open our economy.
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY:
Click “Send Email” on the right to be connected to your 1 Representative – and make sure to insert the name of your city or town in the first line!
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and (as a person of faith), I urge you to cosponsor H.R.8046, the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act, to facilitate refugee and immigrant integration. The bipartisan legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to study the factors that lead to the underemployment and unemployment of immigrants and refugees who hold professional credentials earned outside the United States. Refugees and immigrants are vital to the prosperity of our communities. My community welcomes immigrants and refugees, and I urge you to do the same.”
- Rep. Katko Press Release
- H.R.8046, Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act Bill Summary
- Story Collection Backgrounder: Ensuring All Immigrant & Refugee Professionals Can Fully Contribute Their Skills
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM) Letter of Support
The Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act of 2020 is supported by Upwardly Global, World Education Services, National Immigration Forum, New American Economy, National Skills Coalition, and Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Coalition on Adult Basic Education, Pars Equality Center, International Rescue Committee, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, IMPRINT, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Global Cleveland, The LIBRE Initiative, International Institute of Buffalo, International Refugee Assistance Project, New York City Employment and Training Coalition, Garra, Utah Valley Refugees, Argentine-American Medical Society, Washington Academy for International Medical Graduates, Church World Service, Jewish Family & Career Services of Louisville, National Partnership for New Americans, American Muslim Health Professionals, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Chicago Jobs Council.
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