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‘W visa’ program could hamper construction industry's growth

The Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal will provide interim legal status to some 11 million undocumented people. However, the construction industry is upset over the "W visa" provision in the bill, which will grant only 15,000 W visas annually to construction workers. The W visa program is a three-year classification newly crafted for low-skilled workers in various service industries and agriculture.“Setting severe and arbitrary restrictions on construction workers isn’t just bad policy, it is bad economics,” said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America.


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