Long-term care operators are understandably giddy about the sudden prospect of immigration reform. Such a change holds the promise of a larger labor pool at a time of rampant worker shortages. Add in the possibility that a new labor law might also drive down wages and undermine union strength, and it's not hard to see why many operators are amped up.At press time, lawmakers in both Congressional chambers were getting ready to roll out legislation. Senators have reportedly agreed to a 13-year path to citizenship. Under their proposal, undocumented workers would get a green card after 10 years, and would need another three to gain citizenship. In the House, a three-pronged approach was being considered.
The administration is toughening its stance on companies that hire illegal workers with the creation of a new audit office. This extra office will allow government specialists to review hiring forms from bigger companies with more employees.