The construction industry is experiencing record economic activity with low unemployment and little expectation that the current domestic workforce can alone meet employment demand. According to a recent survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, 78 percent of construction firms are facing difficulties hiring workers.
Currently, our nation's immigration system provides the high-tech sector, agricultural businesses, and seasonal employers with options for legal, work authorized immigrants. It does not for construction.
The Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act has been introduced in Congress. This legislation is beneficial for the industry because it would:
- Allow contractors to hire year-round construction guest workers, who otherwise have no legal immigration avenue.
- Provide industries, like construction, access to tens of thousands of new temporary workers while protecting American jobs
- Alleviate incentives for individuals to illegally enter the country.
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