The government of New York is considering a plan to loosen hiring qualifications for 4,000 jobs in order to give illegal immigrants with federal work permits positions.
Bloomberg News first reported on a memo from the New York Department of Civil Service that state agencies have found 4,000 vacant positions as they seek positions in the state’s workforce that could be filled by illegal immigrants.
Most of the jobs are “hard-to-recruit, entry-level titles” such as caring for people with mental and physical disabilities, building and ground maintenance, food service, automotive repair and office aide, according to the memo.
New York officials identified three barriers preventing illegal immigrants from getting those state jobs.
“First, many migrants and asylum seekers are unable to verify their educational attainment such as high school completion or equivalent education, which is required for some of these positions,” they wrote. “Second, some have limited English proficiency. Lastly, even if they have successful experience performing the work to be done, it may be difficult for agencies to verify previous employment outside the United States.”
The Civil Service Department intends to address these barriers by creating positions in “transitional” titles with requirements “more in line with the candidates’ qualifications.”
Effectively, illegal immigrants would be hired, at least temporarily, into the positions while having requirements for English proficiency, proof of education and previous employment waived.
“Appointments to such positions would be temporary,” it added. “During that time, these individuals would obtain the required credentials for the ’target’ titles.”
“The creation of these transitional titles is a win-win way for the State and its agencies to connect qualified and motivated individuals with meaningful jobs and opportunity, help solve the migrant crisis, and rebuild the State workforce,” the memo said.
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