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These comments are responses to the Civic Caucus interview with

Rebecca Tancredi, managing director, Upwardly Global, an immigrant-assistance firm
August 7, 2015

Are we overlooking the economic potential of our talented immigrants?

Overview

Large numbers of immigrants are skilled in precisely the jobs that are hardest for U.S. employers to fill, according to Rebecca Tancredi, managing director, Upwardly Global, Chicago, IL, an immigrant-assistance firm. 

Upwardly Global estimates that the talent pool of highly skilled, educated new Americans is more than 1.8 million.

Talented immigrants need help in preparing resumes' and preparing for interviews to avoid misunderstandings, Tancredi says. Moreover, immigrants often face ill-considered limits on qualifications to take professional licensing exams, she says.

The United States could be more purposeful, as is Canada, in bringing in people with skills the nation needs, according to Tancredi.

 

For the complete interview summary see: Tancredi interview

 

Response Summary: Readers rated these statements about the topic and about points discussed during the meeting, on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 5 (neutral) to 10 (strongly agree): 

  

1. Topic is of value.       The interview summarized today provides valuable information or insight.

 

2. Further study warranted. It would be helpful to schedule additional interviews on this topic.

 

3. Immigrants have needed skills.     Large numbers of immigrants are skilled in precisely the jobs that are hardest for U.S. employers to fill.

 

4. Immigrants under-employed.        But talented immigrants often are under-employed because of artificial barriers to jobs

 

5. Simple guidance would help.          Simple measures such as helping immigrants prepare resumes' and prepare for interviews can avoid misunderstandings.

 

6. Broaden eligibility for exams.        Limits on eligibility for professional licensing exams should be eased.

 

7. Immigrants should seek help.        Well-qualified immigrants should seek help offered by groups such as Upwardly Global

 

8. Immigration should be purposeful.            The nation could be more purposeful, as is Canada, in bringing in people with skills the nation needs.

 

 

Response Distribution:

Strongly disagree

Moderately disagree

Neutral

Moderately agree

Strongly agree

Total Responses

1. Topic is of value.

0%

0%

14%

71%

14%

7

2. Further study warranted.

0%

14%

0%

71%

14%

7

3. Immigrants have needed skills.

14%

0%

29%

43%

14%

7

4. Immigrants under-employed.

0%

14%

0%

57%

29%

7

5. Simple guidance would help.

0%

0%

14%

71%

14%

7

6. Broaden eligibility for exams.

0%

0%

57%

43%

0%

7

7. Immigrants should seek help.

0%

0%

14%

57%

29%

7

8. Immigration should be purposeful.

0%

14%

0%

43%

43%

7


Individual Responses:

Bruce Lundeen  (5)  (7.5)  (0)  (2.5)  (5)  (7.5)  (5)  (2.5)

 3. Immigrants have needed skills. The focus should be on finding ways to employ Americans

 

4. Immigrants under-employed. Inability to speak the [language]Ö

 

Alan Miller  (10)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (7.5)  (10)  (10)

 

Ray Ayotte  (7.5)  (2.5)  (7.5)  (10)  (7.5)  (5)  (10)  (10)

 

Tom Spitznagle  (7)  (7)  (8)  (6)  (8)  (5)  (8)  (10)

 From media reports it appears that itís not only immigrants that are underemployed in large numbers but a good many longtime U.S. citizens.  Mismanagement of U.S. immigration policy has saddled the country with large numbers of relatively untrained immigrants (many of them here illegally) while far too many skilled immigrants have to wait years to be admitted. So, the issue is far more complex than strengthening our economy by finding ways for immigrants to find good employment.

 

Chuck Lutz  (8)  (8)  (9)  (9)  (8)  (9)  (8)  (8)

 

Lyall Schwarzkopf  (7)  (7)  (5)  (7)  (8)  (5)  (9)  (9)

 

Arvonne Fraser  (9)  (7)  (5)  (7)  (8)  (5)  (9)  (8)

 Good that you held this.  We had experience with an immigrant who is now very successful in the medical technology field.  He was kept when the company was sold and now lives and works in Connecticut.

 

Sunny Ruthchild  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)

 What about skilled horticulturists?  I have a young organic orchard that is just beginning to bear, and it needs a family, preferably an orchardist and a gardener, to help it develop, and who could ideally invest in the farm and then inherit it from me.

 

Merryweather Farm is on the open prairie of Minnesota.  It is far from city life.
Housing is available here at the farm.

 How can I find out if there are immigrants or refugees who might be interested?
 

Sunny Ruthchild
Merryweather Farm
14888 Bunker Ave, Walnut Grove, Minnesota  56180
507-629-8276

 

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The Civic Caucus   is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics and business. Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

  John S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay, Pat Davies, Bill Frenzel, Paul Gilje (Executive Director), Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted Kolderie,
Dan Loritz (Chair), Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, John Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow, Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman

 

 

 


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