In June, the Senate approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). This landmark legislation is designed to fix the nation's broken immigration system and passed on a bipartisan vote of 68-32. Despite the relatively broad support for this bill in the Senate, the outlook for passage of this or similar legislation in the House is highly uncertain.
NRCA is pleased to see the Senate move forward on the critical immigration reform issue and has long supported reform that increases border security; improves workplace enforcement without burdening employers; provides an avenue for workers to enter the U.S. legally when needed; and addresses existing illegal workforce issues in a balanced manner.
NRCA believes the Senate bill generally is a good start. In particular, NRCA is pleased to see bipartisan consensus for a new temporary visa program that provides a legal avenue for businesses to obtain workers needed to meet demand. NRCA members prefer to hire U.S. workers, but experience demonstrates this is not always possible. As the economy improves, NRCA expects labor shortages in the roofing industry to become acute and sustained without a viable mechanism to allow workers from abroad to fill openings that otherwise will go unfilled.