Many times over history but more and more so during the last 30-40 years, Americans have developed a distaste for immigrants. They especially hate being reminded that immigrants built this place, all the while forgetting that their forefathers crossed the Atlantic, put down roots, and produced generations of descendants who later gave birth to the miserable ingrates we have today. To these bigots the Statue of Liberty was put there just for them. Lady Liberty, once the symbol of hope freedom and opportunity, has been brought to tears.

It’s true that immigrants built America. Even the most xenophobic revisionists masquerading as historians will admit that today. What immigrants are doing today to help save Americans is less known, until now, thanks to David Bier at the CATO Institute. 

A recently released report on March 23, penned by Bier, revealed the following:
  • From cleaning away germs, to finding cures, to delivering supplies, millions of immigrants are disproportionately over represented in the fight to defeat COVID-19 in every category.
  • Nearly 1.7 million foreign‐born medical and health care workers are caring for COVID-19 patients.
  • While immigrants comprised only 13.7% of the U.S. population in 2018, they were 35.2% of home health care aids.
  • Immigrants account for 28.5% of physicians, 20.9% of nursing assistants, 18.9% of diagnosing or treating practitioners.
  • Immigrants represent 18.5% of clinical lab technicians, 15.2% of medical assistants, 15% of registered nurses, and 14.9% of health technicians.
  • In 2018 the US had 155,000 foreign born biomedical or chemical engineers and biological or chemical technicians, or 40% of medical or life scientists, and 30% of chemists and material scientists.
  • With all the emphasis on the importance of clean work spaces, home and public places, immigrants accounted for 50% of America’s maids and 25% of all janitors.
  • Nearly 1.5 million immigrants work in delivery, shipping, and trucking to bring goods to America’s households.
  • And, one occupation that everyone can appreciate whether sick or healthy, over 1 million immigrants work in the production of paper products – including toilet paper.

Helping fight against COVID-19 in every conceivable way known to humanity may not be enough to lessen America’s despicable attitude toward immigrants, but we can always hope. 
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