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The Garden State Immigration Policy Institute – a joint project of NJBIA and the New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition – will launch the first in a series of public information programs next week with an online forum examining immigration and the labor shortage.

“The Role of Immigration in Easing Labor Shortages in New Jersey” will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16 on the Zoom video-conferencing platform. The discussion will examine the labor needs of specific New Jersey industries and how immigration policy reforms can alleviate workforce shortages without adversely impacting American workers.

The event will include representatives from New Jersey’s healthcare, high-tech, restaurant and hospitality, and higher education sectors.

Speakers include Muzaffar Chishti, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, the largest non-partisan immigration think tank in the country, and Jon Baselice, vice president for Immigration Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists include Elizabeth Gill, director of International Employment and Migration at Montclair State University; Lori Jenssen, director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association; Jennie Murray, vice president of Programs at Upwardly Global; and Aaron Price, CEO of TechUnited.

Go to NJBIA’s website to learn more and to register for this free online event.