Immigrants comprise nearly in 1 in 6 American workers, or 16% of the US workforce. Ensuring that immigrants are fully integrated into the US labor market is a crucial step in realizing the economic potential of newcomers, not only for individuals and their families but for American employers and communities.
Federal legislation on immigration issues must include an ambitious skills strategy that allows those on a pathway to citizenship as well as current citizens to obtain the skills and credentials that employers need. Similarly, federal legislation on adult education and workforce issues must take into account the changing demographic profile of American workers, and the increasing role of immigrants in the workforce.
This page contains recent publications and materials on immigrant workforce issues, as well as policy recommendations for incorporating a skills agenda for immigrants.
- Workforce Development Advocates FAQ on public charge
- Adult Ed FAQ on public charge
- Higher Ed FAQ on public charge
- NSC organizational comments on immigration public charge proposed regulation (December 2018)
- At the Intersection of Immigration and Skills Policy: A Roadmap to Smart Policies for State and Local Leaders
- Upskilling the New American Workforce | 2016
- Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
- Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996