As I was saying ...

A new approach to immigration

Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, someone once said, is not all that difficult. We know what the solution should be, so all we have to do is figure out what the problems are.

When it comes to U.S. immigration policy, we have a much different dynamic. We know what the problems are, but we have yet to figure out how to solve them.

For the roofing industry, the main problem has to do with facing our demographic realities. We employ about 200,000 roofing workers in the U.S., and the Department of Labor (DOL) projects we will need to add about 30,000 to our work force during the next seven years because of industry growth.

DOL also tells us we can expect to lose 40,000 workers during that same time period, mostly because they are getting older.