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Immigrants, essential on different fronts during COVID

Immigrants, essential on different fronts during COVID

Many of the health sector employees, including doctors and surgeons, are immigrants./File

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Many of the workers who are on the front lines of work during the pandemic are immigrants. Those born outside the country, many of them in Latin America but also in other continents are essential for the maintenance of the country as revealed by the New American Economy, a bipartisan organization that is advocating for a reform of immigration policy.

From the analysis carried out by this organization, the following can be deduced:

Immigrants are key in the biomedical industry. Almost a quarter of workers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare equipment industries are. They are also 15.6% of pharmacy workers. Immigrants are behind the progress in advancing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. In the health sector they are 16.5% of workers. In the case of those who provide home services, 36.5% are foreigners. Also, 29% of the physicians, 22% of the nursing assistants, almost 16% of the nurses, and 20% of the surgeons were born outside the country. Some 280,000 undocumented immigrants, including 62,600 DACAs who have been abandoned by direct federal aid, have been caring for the sick as nurse aides and home health workers. Immigrants are critical to the functioning of the food chain. One in five workers in the food sector is born outside the country. 29% of the workers in food processing plants are so, 28% of those who work in agriculture and more than 15% between delivery men and supermarket workers.