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To fix the system, successful legislation
must strengthen national security,
create a fair and efficient employment
verification system, create a program for
temporary guest workers to meet future
workforce needs in the less-skilled sectors,
and find a reasonable and rational way of
dealing with the current undocumented
population in the United States.

employees, not just the ones who might
be undocumented.
"Singling out suspected undocumented workers could subject you to a
discrimination claim," Kelsheimer says.
He cited advice from the Maryland
Court Appointed Special Advocates for
employees who might have concerns
when faced with an ICE raid: Stay calm
and don't run away, exercise their right
to remain silent, refuse to sign any document without showing it first to a lawyer,
carry all legal identification documents at
all times, identify a well-qualified immigration attorney who can represent the
employee if issues should arise and keep
the lawyer's contact information handy.
While there has yet to be a "big crackdown," there has been an increase of
10,000 new ICE personnel, and a tripling of I-9 audits is expected for 2017,
Pemberton says. If contractors self-audit
and have identified a large undocumented
workforce, they would at least understand
the risk to prevent further loss.
"They can then work on boosting
their recruitment program in case there
is an audit or raid while working to terminate their undocumented workforce,"
he says. "The hardest part of replacing
workers is the time element, so having
a prebuilt plan and having recruitment
methods in place can help to mitigate the
risk associated with audits and raids is a
best practice."
If the Trump administration
were to significantly crack down on

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undocumented workers, then the industry workforce would definitely shrink,
Pemberton says.
"It may be one thing the Trump administration is considering-what the business
impact would be if ICE targets specific
industries for raids of undocumented
workers," he says.

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COMPREHENSIVE
REFORM ESSENTIAL
AGC of America has long called for comprehensive immigration reform.
The association believes the current
immigration system is broken. It provides
little opportunity for legal immigration,
has created a permanent underclass of
undocumented workers, fails to utilize the
latest technology to verify work status and
has created a patchwork of ordinances
causing uncertainty for employers who are
trying to comply with competing federal,
state or local ordinances.
To fix the system, successful legislation
must strengthen national security, create a
fair and efficient employment verification
system, create a program for temporary
guest workers to meet future workforce
needs in the less-skilled sectors, and find
a reasonable and rational way of dealing
with the current undocumented population in the U.S.
AGC is also calling for the following
actions:
* Any federal legislation must preempt
the patchwork of conflicting and confusing state and local laws that has

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been adopted or could be implemented
in the future. Employers should be subject to uniform standards regardless of
worksite locations.
Each company should be held accountable for their direct employees and not
be subject to fines based on the hiring
actions of their subcontractors. 
Efforts to change the procurement
process and ignore current Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) procedures
for federal contractors should not be part
of any immigration bill. Efforts to do so
distort the procurement process, which
was not set up to be an enforcement tool
for other federal agencies.
Any penalties for errors or non-compliance should be commensurate with the
violation(s) and should exempt minor,
first-time paperwork violations. Fines
should be reasonable and capped.
Construction employers want a reliable
method of verifying the work authorization of new hires and they also want to
be protected from liability for making
a hiring or firing decision based on a
government-mandated system.
A new guest worker visa program should
be established that is flexible and based
on the needs of the marketplace.
The H-2B visa program needs relief from
the statutory cap by exempting returning workers who have followed the law
from counting against the limit. The
program needs to be more compatible
with the distinct needs of the construction industry.
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Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Agc in Action
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Be Wreck-Less
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Raze the Roof
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Inside Agc
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 60
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Senior Counsel
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 64
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
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