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Immigration facts and figures

72% of Californians think most illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for at least two years should be given a chance to keep their jobs and apply for legal status.

25% of Californians believe that illegal immigrants should be deported.

65% of people living in the Central Valley said they believe immigration policies are in need of major changes, compared to 69% statewide.

9% of people living in the Central Valley said immigration policy is fine the way it is, compared to 7.8% statewide. 55% of Valley voters support the Arizona law, compared to 50% of voters statewide.

9% decrease in the cost of housecleaning services because of the increase in the number of low-skilled immigrants over those years, many of them illegal immigrants.


The average day laborer:

  • Is in his early 30s.
  • Has seven years of schooling.
  • Has been in the United States for less than 10 years.
  • Usually works two or three days a week, even if he looks for work five days a week.
  • Is paid in cash.
  • Earns a relatively high hourly wage of $11.
  • Doesn't have taxes withheld.
  • Oftentimes, they are workers who work seasonal jobs and fill in the gaps with day labor. About half of the time, they are hired by private employers; contractors and subcontractors make up 43% of day laborer employers; private companies hire them only a fraction of the time.
  • Sources: Field Poll; Pew Hispanic Center; Public Policy Institute of California; University of Chicago

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