Chairman Padilla (D-CA), Ranking Member Cornyn (R-TX), and members of the subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify before you today on the essential role of immigrant workers in America. My name is Tom K. Wong and I am an associate professor of political science at UC San Diego, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten political science departments in the country. I am also founding director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
It has been more than a year since the global COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. As a working parent, I recognize that while adjusting to a home work space with my children has been challenging, the ability to remain at home in a safe environment is a privilege that has not been afforded to the millions of Americans on the pandemic’s front lines.
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