House-Passed Bill Would Help Keep a Bad Labor Situation from Worsening

Filed in Advocacy, Workforce Development by on June 6, 2019 7 Comments

The House this week approved legislation that would provide permanent legal status to more than 100,000 workers in the construction industry holding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, would allow Dreamers (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who grew up knowing America as their only home) and TPS beneficiaries to continue to reside and work legally in the United States.

Immigrants are an essential part of the construction industry, representing more than 25% of the workforce. TPS beneficiaries and DACA participants with legal work authorization have helped to fill part of the construction industry’s growing labor gap, yet their ability to contribute to our growing economy is at risk as the future of both programs remains uncertain and tied up in the courts. Without these valuable workers, existing labor shortages in the home building sector would be exacerbated, leading to project delays, increased costs for buyers, and slowed economic growth in the industry.

For these reasons, NAHB designated support for H.R. 6 as a “key vote” for the housing industry. NAHB supports the creation of a pathway whereby eligible Dreamers and TPS beneficiaries can adjust their status to legally and permanently remain in the U.S.

At the same time, NAHB believes that addressing the future of hardworking Dreamers and TPS beneficiaries is just one piece of the larger immigration puzzle. NAHB supports comprehensive reforms to fix the nation’s broken immigration system that will:

  • Secure our nation’s borders;
  • Enact a sensible employee verification system that works for small businesses and protects employers that make a good faith effort to comply; and
  • Create a new market-based temporary guest worker program that allows construction employers to access legal foreign workers when domestic labor is in short supply.

NAHB looks forward to working with Congress in a bipartisan manner to advance further necessary reforms to our nation’s immigration system.

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

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  1. R. F. Williamson says:

    Additional funding for protection barriers all along border should be a part of this bi-partisans legislation that

  2. This could turn out to be a very bad bill for the citizens of the United States. It appears to be the first step for a liberal- socialistic group to open the borders with even less restrictions than currently in place. Great caution should be taken in endorsing items such as this.

  3. Harvey Ray Burch says:

    if dreamers or other non-citizens wish to become citizens they should apply to do so as the Standing US law is written and the way others are and have been doing and anybody breaking the existing law should be deported asap to make room for law abiding people to apply . we need people that respect our laws not people that think they are above them and this should be made clear in any new legislation.

  4. Larry Corona says:

    Does this include paying taxes and using the same system citizens use?

  5. Mark Henderson says:

    Please try to solve this problem that so many of unaware of. This is a huge unraveling problem that concerns all of us in the construction business no matter what side. If nothing positive is done we will as a nation will eventually shut down because there will be no one to do the work. Most Americans as we know them now have been taught how not to work. Sad.

  6. Kent S says:

    The Bill might seem alright but it is not the answer to the big question about legal immigration. It is a piece mill fix leaving thousands of DACA people still in limbo. Our President offered a way for ALL DACA individuals to become citizens and the Democrats refused to even talk about it. The answer to the solution long term is adjusting our immigration laws and giving the House back to the Republicans.

    Without question there is a real time crisis at our border. A lot of bad guys are getting in and the cost to our country to legally process, feed, house, and care for medically is staggering. It is taking money away from our elderly and our veterans, not to mention our citizens in need. Despite all the assaults on our President, he is right on and has been right on in most areas since he took office.

    A solution to our problem is to promote the many advantages of working in the trades. The reasonable cost for a good education. Co-op with trade schools to attract interest.

    • David Koster says:

      I agree with you Kent. Sadly,t he promotion of careers o the trades is going to take a long time to make a meaningful difference in our labor force. We have spent a couple of generations preaching to our children that the path to a good life depended on a university education – regardless of the focus of study. More than a trillion dollars in student debt later the reality of how it gets paid back is a massive economic and political issue. Immigration is part of the solution for our industry but it must be legal and neither Trump or the Democrats are discussing a reasonable solution.

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