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Immigration is an Economic Issue
American prosperity has always been built upon the backs of immigrant labor. People can feel different ways about this subject, but no matter which way you put it, immigrants have been critical to filling labor gaps for as long as we can trace the history of this country.

Today, there is no denying that we are facing major labor shortages and it is impacting ALL of us. It is increasing the prices for goods and services, and it is impacting our bread and butter: new home construction. 2021 proved to be one of the most hostile real estate markets for first-time homebuyers, primarily because the construction of homes has not kept up with demand. The cost of labor (given the scarcity of construction workers) is a major cost driver.

Key arguments for our Congressional leaders:

  1. Immigration reform would reduce our country’s labor shortage. The labor shortage is particularly pronounced in sectors with high concentrations of immigrants. And, there are 345,000 unfilled positions in the construction industry. The National Association of Home Builders has reported the correlation between high immigration rates and the rise in construction. In fact, 56,000 immigrants entered the construction labor force in 2018 – a drastic drop compared to the 130,000 who entered in 2005.
  2. Increasing the number of foreign-born workers would ease inflation. Our labor shortages have an impact on our nation’s supply chains, and in turn, inflation. The decline in foreign-born workers has stalled production in crucial areas, such as manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and construction. The decrease in immigrant workers has slowed the rate of production across the U.S. economy. With the higher cost of labor and increasing demand for goods, prices will continue to rise. However, an increase in the number of foreign-born workers in these key industries would help speed up the production of goods, reduce labor costs, and eventually soothe prices. 
  3. Comprehensive immigration reform would help solve our housing inventory crisis. Housing supply is at an all-time low while housing costs are at an all-time high.  The decline in immigrant construction workers, in particular, has stalled housing construction. Allowing for more skilled foreign-born workers to enter the U.S. to fuel our construction labor force would bring down the cost of new home construction. 

It’s time to make our voices heard mi gente!

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