Study: Immigrants Fill Healthcare Worker Shortage

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 8:47am

The nation is facing a healthcare professional shortage and a new study out of Washington finds that immigrants, including undocumented ones, are making up for that shortage here in El Paso and all over the nation.

According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, there were 3.4 million direct care workers in 2010 which include personal care attendants and nursing assistants. About 28-percent of those kinds of jobs are filled by immigrants and out of that figure 20-percent are undocumented.

The authors of this study say a path to citizenship is needed to allow more immigrant healthcare workers to fill the shortage. Opponents say, the solution is to provide better working conditions and pay in these fields so that more US citizens will want to take these jobs.

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