As the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. continues to rise and unemployment numbers reach record lows, CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera explores the lives of undocumented workers where they are feared and discriminated against most. The one-hour special exposes how undocumented immigrants are deeply woven into the fabric of American society, often in the most unlikely of places. Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America premieres Friday, July 12 at 10pm ET on CNN/U.S. and CNN en Español, the network touted today.
Lavandera begins his investigation on a dairy farm in a small, conservative Minnesota town where immigrants – many undocumented – sustain the agricultural community that might otherwise be slowly withering away. Farmers describe their inability to find American workers for jobs that must be done. The team also visits Congressman Steve King’s district in Iowa, known for his anti-immigrant and racist remarks, where many residents say the immigrants are helping the economy stay afloat. He also speaks to undocumented workers directly tied to President Trump’s businesses.