Many of the America’s original recyclers were immigrants. Many of them first eked out their livings by what we now refer to as peddlers. Their ingenuity and hard work created what is today’s $117 billion scrap recycling industry. A number of the industry’s 156,000 employees are immigrants to our country. Others are legal residents protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And, yet others are workers in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status are now living under a cloud of uncertainty. Many of these employees hold positions of responsibility in ISRI-member companies. Losing them will, undoubtedly, have deleterious consequences to them and their families, to their companies and, perhaps, to the industry, itself.
A recent survey of ISRI members made clear that members want ISRI to join with others in the Business Community to try and resolve this matter by finding ways to allow DACA and TPS workers to remain in the United States and to remain employed. ISRI is committed to addressing its member’s wishes as expressed in a recent survey and will join with others in the business community to do all we can to find ways to allow its DACA and TPS employees legally to remain in the United States.