Proposed Immigration Legislation Affecting AuPairs: What do you think?
This week, many host families received letters from their Au Pair Agencies and/or from the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange. (Note: The Alliance is an advocacy group for cultural exchange programs. Many au pair agencies are members). Previously, we’ve received requests to contact our Representatives about changes in Tax Law.
The Agencies and the Alliance are urging Host Families to contact our Senators and express our opposition to the changes. Should we follow their recommendation?
A few host parents have emailed to express their concern about the proposed changes. Others have emailed questioning whether the Agencies’ and Alliance’s perspectives on the issue are really the best approach for doing what’s right by au pairs, host families and the exchange programs themselves.
What do you all think?
- Will these changes protect Au Pairs or put them in a worse situation?
- How much should we host parents care about what’s convenient for us, versus what Homeland Security would prefer?
- How many of us would prefer the government to deal with Guantanamo or close corporate tax loopholes instead of focusing on Au Pairs’ immigration classifications?
- Should we send in our letters for or against the proposals?
- Should we ask the Agencies to make some other program changes to support Au Pairs and Host Families where immigration and visas are concerned?
Ultimate Host Mom is found in Berkeley, CA!
Congratulations to Becca Georgsdóttir from Iceland and her Ultimate Host Mom, Lauren Willis, winner of AuPairCare’s Northern California Region’s 2013 Ultimate Host Mom award! We received dozens of wonderful essays about host moms from around the Northern California region who have had a tremendous impact on their au pairs’ experiences here in the U. S. Below is Becca’s winning submission:
How would a perfect Host mom be described? There is nobody perfect in the world but I think my host mom comes pretty close. She is hard working and loving and it’s the little things that she does that make me feel like I love her like my own mother.
My journey started 6 days after graduating High School in Iceland. I left everyone I loved in a great hurry, I was so excited to be
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Thanks for joining us on the hike!
We love to see happy au pairs getting out and enjoying their local community and all it has to offer! Thanks for sharing:)