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Francis Wilkinson

Why I Hire Undocumented Workers

There is more than one undocumented worker in the U.S. for every American business.
Plenty of work to do? Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg 
Plenty of work to do? Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg 

Using data from the U.S. Census, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that there were eight million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. labor force in 2010. The Migration Policy Institute estimated the number a bit lower -- 6.4 million -- in 2011, with retail trade employing 920,000, construction 910,000, agriculture 540,000 and manufacturing 520,000. Even using the lower Institute number, that means there is more than one undocumented worker for every one of the six million employers in the U.S.

Who is employing them all?