New Immigration Bill Advances Conversation

Filed in Capitol Hill, Construction Industry by on April 22, 2016 5 Comments

road signSen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced S. 2827, the Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act, a pilot guest worker program for industries that rely on essential workers, such as construction.

The program would provide 85,000 visas for employers who live in states with an unemployment rate of less than 4.9%. The bill treats construction the same as other industries, unlike the Senate Gang of 8 legislation introduced in 2013.

NAHB commends Sen. Flake for advancing the conversation on immigration reform and guest worker programs. Our current immigration system lacks a market-based program to allow essential workers into the country temporarily and fill construction sector labor gaps. We will continue to work with Sen. Flake as this bill moves forward in the legislative process.

NAHB’s Task Force on Labor Shortages and Immigration Reform examined this topic from the construction perspective, and helped demonstrate the need to change the current system.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242 x8407.

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  1. Harry Crowell says:

    Our country had in the past a good worker pass program in affect for many years.
    This seems to assist the immigrants and employers together, to fill a needed workforce and provide housing.
    Lets find a way to make this acceptable

  2. Matt Kohlenberger says:

    It was the Bracero program and was in effect from 1942 to 1964. Something like this would be good. It looks like this Visa program would be for states where Americans are pretty well employed (at 4.9% or less). That should be one of the tenets of whatever program we have with our neighboring countries.. American workers first.

  3. Henry Phelan says:

    This bill seems a very good idea to bring in immigrants for essential jobs, without affecting job opportunities of citizens. Our country needs workforce and if bringing more immigrants is necessary for filling that, then it must be done.

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