Undocumented immigrants make up almost 5 percent of the U.S. work force, and about 850,000 illegal immigrants arrive each year, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center study. The number of people living illegally in the country reached about 12 million this year.
Where do they work? Undocumented workers hold 24 percent of U.S. farming jobs, 17 percent of cleaning jobs, 14 percent of construction jobs and 12 percent of jobs in food service.
Legislation pending in Congress would require employers to do more to police applicants' work eligibility status. Specifically, it would require you to electronically verify new hires' identity documents against a federal computer database. These new statistics and recent immigrants' rights marches in major cities will only fuel Congress's fire to act quickly on immigration reform.