Immigrant labor is critical to the Denver area’s construction and landscape industries, and executives hope changes to the nation’s immigration laws will be flexible in allowing for seasonal workers.

“There’s a big role for immigrant labor in our industry,” said Kristen Fefes, executive director of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.

“They mow, they fertilize, aerate, they’re digging the trenches to put in new, water-efficient irrigation systems, and they’re in the nurseries planting, loading and unloading trucks,” Fefes said.

In the construction industry, immigrant workers also take a range of jobs, including as laborers, cement masons and equipment operators, said Tony Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association, whose members build roads and bridges throughout the state.

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