How Restaurants Hire Undocumented Workers

February 28, 2017

The hospitality industry’s staffing method remains shadowy, but it’s not as tough as you think

Fact: The food industry hinges on the work of thousands of undocumented immigrants. But hiring an undocumented worker seems tricky at best, if not incredibly risky. So how and why do restaurateurs do it, and at such a high volume? We spoke to lawyers, restaurant owners, and policy makers to find out.

Why is hiring undocumented workers so common in the restaurant industry?

According to a 2008 Pew report, undocumented workers make up at least 10 percent of the hospitality industry and 13