This winter has been a whirlwind. The industry completed one of the best NRCA annual conventions and International Roofing Expos® in history. Members are optimistic about 2018 and anxious for spring. There's a good feeling in the air.
Yet there are some troubling signs coming from policymakers in Washington, D.C. At press time, Congress ended a three-day government shutdown that was more about immigration than it was about government spending.
The primary issue now centers around a group of individuals who were brought here illegally by their parents when they were children. The parents entered the U.S. with (and sometimes without) documentation and then chose to stay. In the meantime, their children grew up and, in many ways, experienced life as any other child would growing up in the U.S. They made friends, went to school, learned the language and ultimately turned 18 years old and discovered they were living their lives in limbo.
In an effort to address this group of immigrants and given an absentee Congress on the topic, President Obama issued an Executive Order titled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in June 2012. Basically, the order deferred any action by the U.S. government against these people until the order was either rescinded, expired or counteracted upon by Congress or the courts. The order provided temporary, renewable work permits for two years for those who registered. About 800,000 immigrants entered the program.