May 24, 2018
PLUMBING-HEATING-COOLING CONTRACTORS—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
PHCC Immigration Position
Background: The construction industry is heavily dependent on immigrant labor. The percentage of immigrant workers in the construction workforce is rising, according to an analysis of the most recent 2016 American Community Survey data by the National Association of Home Builders' Housing Economics. Immigrant workers comprise nearly 25% of the overall construction workforce and accounting for an average of 30% in the construction trades.
Status: Current immigration policy in the United States continues to be broken and does not effectively serve the greater goals and needs of the nation. Little opportunity for legal immigration exists, thereby creating frustration for industries and employers reliant on an immigrant workforce and creating confusion for those who seek to comply with federal, state, and local ordinances. The 115th Congress and the Administration continue to consider the issue of immigration – and the many components of immigration policy. The complexities of attempting to address a comprehensive immigration policy for the United States remains daunting, yet critical.
Position: The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) first and foremost, is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment. Furthermore, PHCC recognizes and greatly values immigrant workers in the industry in order to advance our mission. As such, PHCC:
*A guest worker program (such as the Federal H-2B, non-immigrant, non-agricultural temporary program) allows foreign workers to temporarily reside and work in a host country until a next round of workers is readily available to switch. Guest workers typically perform agricultural, industrial, or domestic labor in countries with workforce shortages, and they return home once their contract has expired. While migrant workers may move within a country to find labor, guest worker programs employ workers from areas outside of the host country. Guest workers are not considered permanent immigrants due to the temporary nature of their contracts.