Contact: Jeff Leieritz (202) 905-2104
             leieritz@abc.org
                                                                                          For Immediate Release
November 20, 2014 

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the executive action announced this evening by President Obama.

“Contractors are concerned that President Obama’s most recent circumvention of the legislative process will add another layer of uncertainty for the construction industry, and the business community as a whole,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “The president’s rush to unilaterally and temporarily expand certain programs jeopardizes a long term fix that is workable for our economy and national security.

“An abrupt, temporary executive action ultimately does more harm than good in fixing our broken immigration system,” said Burr. “We look forward to working with both parties in both houses of Congress and will continue to advocate for legislative solutions that work for business owners, American workers and job seekers.”

ABC is also a member of The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC), a coalition of businesses, trade associations, and other organizations from across the industry spectrum committed to the reform of U.S. immigration policy to facilitate a sustainable workforce for the American economy while ensuring our national security and prosperity.

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