By: Teri Bernstein
undocumented immigrants in Houston: AP Archive
"Half of the workers in construction in Texas are undocumented," reports Stan Marek, CEO of Marek Construction, via Fox News. Moreover, the National Association of Home Builders reports that 54% of developers nationwide have felt a shortage in their labor pool in 2017, since the immigration ban began. These reports were made in August, PRIOR to Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Houston. This was also prior to the edict phasing out DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
DACA beneficiaries (also known as "Dreamers") have undertaken training programs and have become employed in helping professions as well as construction and other trades. With their prospects suddenly at risk, the services they have been and would be providing as Houston cleans up and rebuilds are also in jeopardy.
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