James V. Christianson, Vice President, Government Relations, for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the nation’s leading construction trade association, today urged Congress “to reform the nation’s immigration system.” Christianson released a letter he sent today to the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the association’s 27,500 firms, including America's leading general contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers.
“Although the bills before Congress this week address some immigration issues, unfortunately they fail to alleviate the industry’s workforce shortage,” Christianson wrote, adding that AGC opposes the bill the House is considering today, “The Securing America’s Future Act,” H.R. 4760. “Though the bill would strengthen national security—an AGC priority—through increased investment in border security, it reduces legal immigration,” he wrote. “This will, in turn, restrict economic growth and worsen the domestic workforce shortage, especially in the construction industry.”
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