Congress Urged to Extend Legal Status of Foreign-Born Construction Workers

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on November 7, 2017 0 Comments

fenceNAHB and allied groups sent a joint letter to bipartisan congressional leaders today urging them to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras to ensure the continued participation of legally authorized workers from these countries in the construction industry.

Many of these workers have been here for more than a decade.

In the aftermath of the devastating hurricane season and wildfires in California, “Ending TPS for these three countries would cause the near-term loss of work authorization for an estimated 50,000 construction workers nationwide who are vital to the reconstruction efforts across our country,” the letter said.

“These losses would lead to construction delays in large and small projects that rely on those workers, and the impact would ripple through the economies of the communities waiting for those projects to be completed.

“Congress has the authority to prevent the uncertainty and economic damage that would result from negative decisions on TPS,” the letter added. “Together, we call on Congress to take legislative action to ensure that TPS holders can remain and continue to work legally in this country.”

Joining NAHB were the Associated General Contractors, Leading Builders of America and Associated Builders and Contractors.

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