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Immigration: where fact, fiction, and emotion collide
BUILDER / May 2, 2013
As Congress debates a bill to overhaul the nation’s immigration policy, much of the public has yet to form an opinion about the legislation. For home building and residential development, the issue is freighted, particularly as growing home buyer demand pressures skilled labor capacity. The other signal issue: future home buyer demand as immigrants navigate from residency to citizenship. Markup for the Senate bill. entitled Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, starts May 9. Proposed guest worker limitations on an industry-to-industry basis are a bone of contention among home building industry lobbyists. Here’s Pew Research on public perceptions on the issue, or lack thereof.