The stereotype we have for undocumented immigrants is that they work unskilled jobs where the focus is on manual labor. A report by the Pew Research Center in 2012 showed that, as it happens, millions of them buck the stereotype. More than twenty percent of them work in business administration, management, sales, and general office jobs instead of anything we would think of as blue collar work.
That might not sound like a huge amount, but it’s much more than the number of undocumented immigrants that work either on farms or in construction, the professions that would be the first two to come to mind when it comes to undocumented immigrants for many people. In fact, it’s more than the number of undocumented immigrants that work in those professions combined. It goes to show that while we generally assume that it’s the least educated in America that are the only ones that want to see the undocumented removed for employment reasons (hence the popular saying “they took our jerbs!”) in a very self-centered way, educated workers would also have many potential career opportunities, too.