Borderline employees

McGowan, Elizabeth
May 2006
Waste News;5/22/2006, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
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The article cites a study of the U.S. work force by the Washington D.C.-based the nonprofit Pew Hispanic Center. Illegal immigrants laboring in the environmental sector are far from invisible. According to the survey, they fill an above-average 7 percent of the jobs in the industry. Pew estimates that illegal immigrants from all foreign countries make up nearly 5 percent of the U.S. labor force. That adds up to about 7.2 million people in the total pool of 148.6 million workers. As of March 2006, Pew puts the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. between 11.5 and 12 million, an increase from 11.1 million in March 2005.


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