We are a nation of citizens. Citizenship unites us and can strengthen our unions.

IMMIGRATION REFORM

LIUNA was founded more than a century ago by proud immigrants and we continue to work for fair treatment of immigrant workers in this nation. LIUNA will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform and will not stop until it gets done.

Temporary Protected Status and DACA

LIUNA supports continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily defers deportation for approximately 1.9 million eligible undocumented youth known as Dreamers. Dreamers came to the U.S. and made their lives here, and they and their families deserve a path to citizenship. LIUNA also supports legislation to allow workers covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program to have a path to citizenship. In the past year, TPS has been terminated for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and other nations. Over 300,000 workers now face deportation in the next twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months. About thirty percent (30%) of TPS holders work in the construction industry. They build America every day and deserve a path to citizenship.

LIUNA urges Congress to pass legislation to support the Dreamers and to pass H.R. 4253/S. 2144, the SECURE Act, to help TPS recipients.

GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS

The H-2B guest worker visa program allows employers to hire guest workers to fill temporary “seasonal” jobs. Construction is one of the top industries in which employers import H-2B workers. Many contractors that use H-2B visas falsely contend that they are unable to fill vacancies because U.S. workers are unwilling to do these jobs. In reality, employers often turn to the H-2B program to avoid paying U.S. workers fair wages, by using guest workers who they can exploit. The H-2A agricultural visa program is also being misused to hire construction and landscape workers from other nations to come to the U.S. even though that visa program is not supposed to be used for construction workers. Finally, the EB-5 visa program, which
grants visas to foreign nationals who invest in domestic construction projects, is another problematic visa program that needs greater oversight and transparency, as well as provisions to ensure that the jobs created through foreign investment have strong labor standards.

LIUNA opposes guest worker programs in the construction industry. LIUNA urges Congress and the Trump Administration to make needed reforms to the H-2B program or to remove construction workers from this broken program. LIUNA further opposes use of the H-2A agricultural visa program to hire construction and landscape workers. Finally, LIUNA urges Congress to either make needed reforms to the EB-5 program or to allow it to expire.