The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents order seeks to protect parents of American-born children from deportation and authorized millions of them to work in the U.S. legally for three years. On Thursday, June 23, the Supreme Court deadlocked over the legality of this order, which, as Redfin reports, could have significant impacts on housing.
Overall, undocumented immigrants account for over 5 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in homebuilding that number is even higher. According to the national Association of Homebuilders, one in five construction industry workers are foreign born.
Immigrants are becoming homebuyers at an increasing rate, as well, accounting for more than one third of household growth in the past decade. As Harvard researchers wrote, this means that in the future, immigrants will fuel the need for additional housing and will add to strong demand from the largest, most diverse generation ever.