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John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 5, 2013
Will immigration reform quash the flow of laborers?
Hispanic workers account for about one-fifth of the residential construction workforce, according to NAHB estimates. The trade association would like to see that number grow larger to balance future labor shortages that might arise as home building activity and buyer demand swell.
But immigration reform has become a political piñata, with the U.S. House of Representatives in June rejecting a much-debated bill passed by the Senate that combined stronger border protection with an eventual path to citizenship for people in the U.S. illegally.Read More
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-industryRead More