In the United States, there are almost 210,000 childcare workers helping to raise our nation’s youth. Of those, about 24 percent are undocumented workers and employed illegally — making them vulnerable to low pay, workplace abuse and an inability to seek out care if hurt on the job.
Officially, a family can sponsor a caregiver for a green card, which allows the person to live and work in the U.S. But the aging American immigration system has gotten in the way, leaving behind a broken process in which domestic caregivers who do seek citizenship almost always get rejected.
Watch the video above to learn about three solutions for modernizing the system for today’s workforce.
Homepage image courtesy of Leslie White
MORE: Alleviating Obstacles to Sponsorship