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Haitians released from the border board a bus in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 23. Photo by Leonardo March

An estimated 11 million jobs are unfilled in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics — jobs that will not soon be filled due to an aging population and a workforce that is changing its working style. 

It’s a figure the Global Talent Chamber Network (GTCN) dived into at the sixth annual meeting of over 60 chambers of commerce from across the country in late September. 

One solution: immigrants.  

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.