For more than a decade, NRCA has been working in support of immigration reform legislation as a leading member of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition. And during the past year, substantial progress on the issue has been made. However, significant obstacles still must be overcome before the goal of a properly functioning immigration system that meets the roofing industry's workforce needs becomes a reality.
NRCA supports immigration reform that enhances border security, improves interior enforcement without burdening employers, meets U.S. economic needs and deals with illegal workers already embedded in the workforce in a balanced manner.
To achieve these goals, legislation reform must provide an avenue for workers to enter the U.S. legally when warranted. This requires the establishment of a temporary visa program for key sectors of the economy that is governed by market forces, protects U.S. and foreign workers, and enables employers to grow their businesses.