According to, the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization, released new figures emphasizing that more than half of the recently arrived undocumented immigrants work in construction and services, such as cleaning and janitorial. It is expected that if these workers were forced to return home, these two sectors would suffer drastically.

Reports indicate that the following industries, in addition to construction, employ the largest number of newly arrived undocumented workers: building maintenance, cleaning and landscaping, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, agriculture, education and health services and wholesale and retail.

Under one proposal in the U.S. Senate, according to reports, these 2.5 million recently arrived immigrants would be forced to leave the country and apply for temporary worker status. The much larger population of undocumented immigrants that arrived more than five years ago would have an opportunity to become legal residents.

An estimated 35 percent of the 7.2 million undocumented workers in the U.S. have arrived within the last five years. These workers earn about 20 percent less than those who have been in the country for more than five years. This comes out to an average of $480 a week, which is $100 less than long-term undocumented immigrants, both of which are still far less than legal immigrants. Those will a green card earned an average of $700 a week, while immigrants that became U.S. citizens took home $930 a week.

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