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Builders see immigration reform as way to add to workforce

Would give us 'the workers we need,' home builder organization says

An organization representing home builders this week praised Congressional efforts to develop an immigration policy that would help provide workers developers need in construction.

Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del., said immigration reform measures advanced by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and others wold ensure ensure that "we have the workers we need."

"The NAHB commends (Diaz-Balart) for his tireless leadership and commitment to fix our nation's broken immigration system," Kelly said. "Clearly, the issue is ripe for action and we strongly encourage the House leadership to reconsider its decision to place immigration reform on the back burner. The time to move forward is now."

"NAHB will continue to remain engaged with lawmakers in both chambers and on each side of the political aisle to urge Congress and the Administration to work together on comprehensive reform," he added. "A modernized immigration system will bring greater economic certainty and ensure we have the workers we need, along with a secure border and a plan to address the status of the current undocumented population."

Comments

Posted by Donny1020, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

What the NAHB believes is immigration reform is really an update Bracero bill where immigrants will be allowed to be sponsored by a single employer but not have an wage and hour protections or safety regulations, and their employers won't have to pay employment taxes on these workers either. If the workers complain they can be deported based on a report by the employer.

What the NAHB wants is a legal way to import workers who will be tied like a slave to their membership. There are more than enough construction workers in this country and if wages were equal to what they were in 1970 in today's dollars young people would be standing in lines to join apprenticeship programs, oh snap, they all ready are but NAHB members continue to employ undocumented workers and pay them below minimum wage and charge us $1m for a house.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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on Jul 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hey NAHB we already have plenty of construction workers who are fully trained and willing to work. We have apprenticeship programs with on the job training and day and night schools to further their construction skills. Quit trying to bring in unskilled, undocumented workers, that you can cheat out of a living wage to the delight of unscrupulous money grabbing contractors


Posted by Laughter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

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