"The first step to enacting effective immigration reform legislation is enforcing our borders, but that can't be the final step," said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. "Congress needs to produce legislation that also provides a new guest worker program and earned legalization."
AGC believes that any legislation should provide for an effective new guest worker program that would allow U.S. construction companies to recruit immigrant workers when U.S. workers are not available to fill their needs.
According to AGC, a new visa program should include:
AGC also supports a path to earned legalization that would include paying fines, learning English, staying employed, paying taxes, and completing criminal background checks before applying for a potential green card.
The Associated General Contractors of America represents more than 32,000 firms, including 7,000 of America's leading general contractors and over 11,000 specialty contracting firms. For more information, visit www.agc.org.
Publication date: 05/15/2006