AGC Calls on Senate to Pass Immigration Reform to Keep the +100k Workers in the Legally Industry
On June 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This measure seeks to take a first step in reforming our nation’s immigration system by protecting the legal status of work authorized-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. There are more than 100,000 construction workers estimated with DACA or TPS status who currently face an uncertain legal future due to their expiration. Both programs were ended by the Trump administration but are pending the outcome of legal challenges. Without protection for these workers in our industry, construction projects in many parts of the country, particularly in regions with a large presence of so-called dreamers and individuals with temporary protected status, are likely to be significantly disrupted. As such, AGC recorded the votes taken by lawmakers on this measure as a “key vote” for the education of our membership.
AGC believes H.R. 6 represents a positive first step in the immigration reform process. Congressional inaction on reforming our immigration laws has contributed to the construction industry facing a historic workforce shortage, which is compounded by the lack of any legal immigration process for construction employers to fill needed, year-round jobs. We will continue to urge Congress to act on realistic, bipartisan solutions such as border security and creating a market-based temporary guest worker system to address this workforce shortage and continue expanding the economic growth of the industry.
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