Despite surging job growth and higher wages year-over-year, most Americans don’t believe the U.S. economy is strong. Unprecedented worker shortages and supply chain disruptions complicate the COVID-19 economic recovery. Some industries that rely heavily on immigrant labor, such as restaurants, dairy farmers, meatpackers and health care, can’t hire enough workers to keep up with demand and wind up raising prices.
Tune in to this free webinar from Poynter to explore the connection between the pandemic-era economy and the role of immigrant workers in your community. Veteran journalist Ray Suarez will moderate the conversation with journalism educator Zita Arocha and other experts to debunk common myths about immigrant workers and their contributions to the economy, analyze how immigrant worker shortages, global lockdowns, and increased border expulsions impact the economy, and discuss thoughtful approaches to journalism around these topics.
Participants will also learn about the latest immigration reform efforts pending in Congress, including proposed measures to grant some undocumented residents permission to work to fill labor shortages.
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