The first nationwide study on day laborers was completed by social scientists from UCLA, the University of Illinois at Chicago and New York's New School University. Among the findings:
For the full report entitled, "On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States", see here.
- Many day laborers are married (36 percent) or living with a partner (7 percent), and almost two-thirds have children.
- More than half regularly attend church, one-fifth are involved in sports clubs and more than one-quarter participated in community worker centers.
- Once contained to ports-of-entry cities along the East and West coasts, day labor is now a nationwide phenomenon, spilling into small towns throughout America.
- Day labor may be widespread, but the total count of these workers is actually one-tenth to one-20th the size bandied about by anti-immigration forces.
- Wage theft is the most common abuse suffered by day laborers, with nearly half of all workers having been denied payment in the two months prior to the survey.
- Just over three-quarters of day laborers are undocumented immigrants, meaning that the share of American citizens working in day labor is much higher than commonly supposed and that day laborers account for only a small fraction of the estimated 7-11 million undocumented immigrants in America today.
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My reaction to the non renewal of temporary status for Hondurans (02/06 IW comment) etc is why should the immigration renew this status which in the beginning they know was temporary and they had time to have made other agreements or gone under other programs. I am a Sierra Leonean and when the Homeland security stopped our TPS there was not this concern or advocacy made on our behalf by any of the groups showing this type of interest in their case. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
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