Immigrant workers are an important part of the American economy, and they make up critical parts of the workforce. Many industries, such as construction and other fields that require physical labor, need these workers to keep up with demand. Immigration restrictions are preventing willing and qualified workers from holding important positions. Specifically, this has impacted the Louisiana construction industry’s ability to keep up with the demand for new homes.
The importance of immigrant workers
Estimates suggest that foreign-born workers make up approximately one-third of the total number of construction workers in the United States. In recent years, however, the number of available workers has decreased, making it difficult for contractors to find people willing to take construction jobs. Tougher immigration laws and restrictions have had a direct impact on building capabilities, with worker numbers decreased by at least half.
In 2016, there were approximately 67,000 immigrant workers entering the construction industry. In 2020, there were only 38,900 new workers available. This has led to slowdowns in construction processes in many areas. This is problematic as the demand for new homes remains high in Louisiana and across the country.
Navigating the immigration process
Whether entering the country for work or other reasons, immigrant workers will benefit from having experienced guidance at every step. An immigration law attorney can provide helpful insight as an individual seeks to secure the right visa and enter the country. An assessment of one’s specific immigration goals can reveal what steps will be necessary in order to accomplish these goals and avoid setbacks along the way.