How immigration reform would impact businesses in Dallas
Posted On August 9, 2021
The Trump administration has already begun rolling out its immigration reform plans.
But what happens when Texas lawmakers return to Washington in the fall and ask for an update on how they’re progressing?
Business Insider/Dan Peled”The first step would be to send a bill to the president for his signature,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).
“And then we can talk about it.
I think the president could easily sign it.
But it’s not that easy.”
In the meantime, Curbelos colleagues are waiting.
“They’re going to see how the administration responds,” Curbeloi said.
“The president can’t really say anything until we get a bill from him.”
If the Trump administration does send a comprehensive immigration reform bill, it won’t be until at least January.
“It’ll take at least a month to get it to the House floor,” Curbelsi said.
And the House of Representatives has been working to pass a comprehensive bill for months.
That bill is being pushed by Democrats, but it’s expected to be rejected.
For now, Curbes bill would expand the work visas available to new legal permanent residents, who will be able to bring spouses and children with them.
It would also create a new category of guest workers, which would allow them to work for businesses that have opened in Texas for the first time since the law took effect.
The goal is to make sure the guest workers will be a significant part of the Texas economy, Curbouros said.
That includes construction and manufacturing, manufacturing and tourism, and construction and finance.
“It’s really important that we have these guest workers,” he said.
The new guest workers would be the first new ones in nearly a decade to work in Texas since the program began in 2016.
The first two were a pair of brothers and their young son who arrived in Texas in 2017, while the last one arrived in October.
The family is planning to stay in the state for at least six months, but Curbouro said he thinks they’ll be back to Texas in the coming years.
The first family will bring with them skills they’ll need for the job market, Curbs says.
They’ll have the same training requirements as their Texas-based counterparts.
“There’s a certain amount of specialization in Texas, and the family is going to be able, because they have family members here, to be more focused and to get more work done,” he added.
The family will be paid $40,000 a year in Texas and will get to stay with their parents in the Texas capital.
That would include a car and some expenses, like tuition.
They will also be allowed to live in the United States, but they’ll have to return to the country every two years, which Curbouris said could be a challenge for families with young children.
The bill also would increase the number of work visas for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Curbres bill would also set a cap on the number that can be issued each year.
“What I would like to see is a cap of 30,000,” Curbouri said of the number the Trump government is seeking to increase.
“I think that would be great.”
Curbres bill also includes a proposal to provide a $1.4 billion fund for new U.s. citizens who are coming to Texas and who have been in the country less than six months.
“This is an opportunity to take our talent and develop it in Texas,” Curberi said, adding that the money would go toward “building a pipeline of talent and training them in Texas.”