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US labor secretary advocates for immigration ‘pathways, visas’ to fill 11M job openings
Labor secretary ‘in favor’ of immigration reform solving ‘inequity of the job market’
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh says CEOs across America are ‘all in favor’ of immigration reform providing work pathways and visas for immigrants.
On "Varney & Co." Friday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh gave his review of the August jobs report and explained how he and CEOs across the country want to fill more than 11 million job openings.
"I think what the pandemic has done is put a spotlight on… the inequity of the job market, which means that we really need to have a serious conversation at some point in this country about immigration," Walsh told FOX Business’ Ashley Webster.
For months, the labor market has remained one of the few bright spots in the economy, with the economy adding more than 2 million jobs over the first half of the year. But earlier this week, the government reported that job openings climbed past 11.2 million – meaning there are roughly two available jobs per worker.
"When I talk to CEOs from companies all across America, they're all in favor of immigration reform," Walsh said. "They're all in favor of pathways, of visas, of people coming into the United States working."
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The labor secretary further argued that a "serious conversation" is needed to discuss reforming the immigration system so people can receive work visas more efficiently and promptly.