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Immigration reform could create construction worker shortage

Real estate building trades already low on workers, sources say

Controversial immigration legislation currently under consideration in Congress could bring about a critical shortage of workers in the home-building industry, industry figures said. "The home-building industry could be in danger of losing a significant portion of its labor force," if immigration reform doesn't include a guest worker program and a program to address illegal immigrant issues, according to spokesman Michael Strauss of the 225,000-member National Association of Home Builders. Strauss was referring to legislation that Congress is currently considering. There are three dueling bills in Congress, each offering different versions of immigration reform. In December, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would put up a 700-mile fence between Mexico and the U.S. and, under certain circumstances, jail or deport undocumented workers, and penalize those who employed them. In March, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted 12 to 6 in favor of a bill that wo...