The Fulcrum: Administrative Fix For Statelessness Would Help the Economy
by Miliyon Ethiopis, co-founder of United Stateless. He lives in the D.C. area.
Until recently I managed eight gas stations in the D.C. area, seven days a week. I'm a classic example of this country's reliance on labor by people from elsewhere. For more than 20 years I worked 13-hour days and would cover shifts whenever somebody called in sick. Double shifts were a regular thing. Sometimes I’d work 36 hours straight. I'd train the staff, and often mentored them. Many of my staff were new to the country themselves and I would help them navigate things. I helped many of them figure out how to switch jobs or go to school.