On the Streets with Protesting Immigrants

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How many undocumented immigrants are currently working in the United States? Where are they coming from and how much do they make? We profile illegal immigrants in the United States.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

It's estimated that there are 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., but who are they and how do they make their living?

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Well here are some facts and figures from the Pew Hispanic Center, 78 percent of illegal immigrants are from Mexico and other Latin American countries. Less than a quarter of illegal immigrants are young, single men. Young working families are more typical.

NORRIS: As for their role in the American economy, illegal immigrants make up slightly less than five percent of the U.S. workforce, but bear a significant presence in some U.S. industries, particularly lower skill occupations.

SIEGEL: For instance, they make up 24 percent of all workers employed in farming, 17 percent in cleaning occupations, 14 percent of construction workers.

NORRIS: They comprise 29 percent of all roofers and drywall installers, 27 percent of all butchers and other food processing workers and 12 percent of workers in food preparation.

SIEGEL: The Pew Hispanic Center's Latino Labor Report found that Hispanics are the only group of workers in the U.S. economy whose wages have fallen for two consecutive years.

NORRIS: And a worker's legal status translates into dollars. The Pugh Center found that undocumented male workers who'd arrived in the U.S. during the past five years earned on average $480.00 a week. Legal immigrants with green card status average 700 a week. Immigrants who become U.S. citizens average $930.00 a week.

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