Treatment of documented and undocumented immigrants in the Workforce in the United States


Karla Zopiyaxtle, Senior, Criminology, College of Arts and Letters

Faculty Mentor(s):

Dr. Deborah Quick, Johnson C. Smith University Dr. Matthew DeForrest, Johnson C. Smith University Dr. Terza Lima-Neves, Johnson C. Smith University


Social Sciences


There are fresh blueberries sell for an amazing price, but behind the scenes, there are tired men and woman working hard for 0.10 cents a bucket of 12 oz of blueberries. They are bloody fingered, sunburns all over their bodies, because the American Dream is not free. Research shows that undocumented immigrants who are working in the United States may experience crime by both employers who exploit them and by street offenders who assume, perhaps correctly, that the immigrant will not report the victimization to the police for fear that he or she will be deported (Bernat, 2017). When abuse happens in the workplace it is said that it does not get reported and accounted for the crime statistics (Bernat, 2017). For the other immigrants who are undocumented immigrants, they may experience victimization by employers who exploit them and by street offenders who assume. It has been shown that immigrants are less likely to report the victimization to the police in the United States for a variety of reasons, including language barriers, fear of the police, and fear of deportation (Bernat, 2017). The victimizations that the undocumented migrants self-reported included wage theft of 41%, worksite abuse by employers of 22%, robbery 10%, and assault 9% (Bernat, 2017). Studies show that males laborers were more likely to experience wage theft and worksite abuse than other Latino workers (Bernat, 2017).


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