Americans Say Immigrants Should Learn English. But U.S. Policy Makes That Hard. 

June 04, 2021

National Skills Coalition senior fellow, Amanda Bergson-Shilcock was mentioned in The Atlantic’s article on how the U.S. has failed to provide immigrants with sufficient access to English classes when immigrating to America.  

Author Olga Khazan discusses how if immigrants were to learn English it could increase their earnings and better their overall livelihoods. In the article, Bergson-Shilcock, who is advocating for vocational skills training, agrees that immigrants learning English will acquire a better job and says that many entry-level jobs require a certain level of English proficiency. “Every little bit of English you learn will actually get you a better job,” says Bergson-Shilcock.