Senate Bill Would Cut Legal Immigration in Half

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on August 3, 2017 0 Comments

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) yesterday introduced legislation endorsed by President Trump that would cut legal immigration levels in half over the next decade. The bill would reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence from 1 million to just over 500,000.

Included in the proposal are restrictions on visa preferences for extended family and grown adult family members of U.S. residents and new provisions that would weigh higher skilled applicants more heavily in awarding immigrant employment visas. The bill does not make changes to temporary, non-immigrant visa programs like the H-2B non-agricultural worker visa.

While the chance of this legislation passing Congress remains highly uncertain, it has ignited new debate on comprehensive immigration reform.

NAHB will be at the table seeking effective reforms that can help revitalize the housing sector and the economy. In addition to protecting the nation’s borders, NAHB believes that any comprehensive reform should include a new, market-based visa program that would fill labor gaps to ensure that the nation has a workforce that is sufficient to meet its housing construction needs. A successful guest worker program will help alleviate the current labor shortage in the residential construction sector and support economic growth.

For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.

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