Yale University study estimates that there are 22.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States or more than the state of Florida with a population of 21,299,325 or more than the 56th most populous country in the world Niger with a population of 22,314,743 but less than the Vatican City which is enclosed by a wall and has a population of 799 and 0 illegal aliens. But the Vatican City does love illegal aliens just not within their walls – Pope Francis Lashes Out: Praises Illegal Aliens While …
by Paul Bedard
October 16, 2019 05:17 PM
President Trump’s top immigration spokesman on Wednesday said that there are potentially 22 million illegal immigrants inside the United States, nearly twice the estimate regularly cited.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles the legal immigration process, said the number comes from a study done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That study put the number at 22.1 million.
The number typically cited is 11 million to 13 million illegal immigrants in the country. The latest estimate, from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is 14 million. An accurate count is difficult to calculate.
An MIT study put the illegal immigrant population at 22.1 million.
But Cuccinelli, who is on the shortlist to lead the Department of Homeland Security, said that for policy purposes it is better to work around the larger potential number than be blind to how big the crisis could actually be.
“I was just quoting the MIT study,” he told Secrets after speaking at a Christian Science Monitor newsmaker breakfast.
“That’s the one I know. I just use it as a reference point. Because from an operational standpoint, it doesn’t matter too much. We deal with what’s in front of us. So that’s the perspective that I bring to it. It’s useful to know. It’s an important thing at a 100,000-foot level,” he said.
He raised the 22 million number while discussing the potential fate of some 800,000 student-age illegal immigrants Democrats in Congress want to grant amnesty to. They are referred to as DACA, for the Obama-era program and put off deportation under “deferred action for childhood arrivals.”
Should Congress and the White House fail to cut a deal on them, Cuccinelli said that they would join the pool of illegal immigrants in the country that could be deported.
“They are here illegally,” he said.
He said a deal could be made to let some or all stay, but if not, “They are in the same pool, if MIT is correct, with the 22 million people who are here illegally.”
A new study authored by Yale University’s Dr. Mohammad Fazel Zarandi estimates that there are 22.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States. This is over double estimates compiled by the Department of Homeland Security, which claims 11.1 million illegal aliens live in America.
But the fact that the paper needed to be written at all highlights an insidious problem: we really don’t know how many illegal immigrants live in America.
Yale’s new study, while significantly higher than government estimates, is actually a middle-of-the-road estimate.
[T]he number of illegal aliens itself may be underestimated due to political pressure—too many illegal immigrants make the government look bad. It makes them look like they don’t have control of the situation.