Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ROLL CALL: US HEALTH CARE WOULD COLLAPSE WITHOUT FOREIGN NURSES

An article in Roll Call highlights the significant damage that the Fairness Act would do to American healthcare, a point that we have raised in the past.  As we said then,

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act has a worthwhile aim: eliminating the incredibly long backlog for Indian EB2 and EB3 applicants.  Musillo Unkenholt is in favor of the bill, provided that it is modified in a way to allow nurses to continue to come to the US.  As it is currently structured, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act would eliminate nurse immigration into the US.

Fortunately, there is a better way.  Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the BELIEVE Act.  This Act merges the Fairness Act with increased employment-based immigration numbers and preserves visas for those occupations that are in such short supply that the importation of these workers has no negative impact on the wages and working conditions of US labor.  Musillo Unkenholt strongly supports the BELIEVE Act.

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