Bloomberg Law
May 17, 2022, 3:19 PM

Immigration Reform Needed to Fix Worker Shortage, Walsh Says

Andrew Kreighbaum
Andrew Kreighbaum

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh called on lawmakers to pass immigration reform to add needed workers to the US economy.

Walsh made the comments Tuesday at a House Appropriations committee hearing on his agency’s fiscal 2023 budget request.

“Republicans, Democrats on this committee, go talk to businesses in your communities and ask them privately what they want,” he said in response to a question about the labor shortage in the US. “Every single company is going to say we need immigration reform.”

Walsh said real immigration reform would mean expanded pathways to citizenship for foreign workers, not just additional temporary worker ...