Whether it's 11, 14, or 22 million, there's a crisis

Friday, October 18, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

border wall (illustration)An immigration enforcement advocacy group predicts the American people aren't going to be happy about a new study on the staggering number of illegal immigrants estimated to be in the U.S.

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, recently cited a new study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that reports there are potentially 22 million illegal aliens in the United States – nearly twice the typically cited figure of 11 to 13 million.

Ira Mehlman is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His organization estimates the number of illegal aliens to be at more than 14 million.

"Now obviously nobody knows for certain how many people are in the country illegally because people sneak into the country [and] it's hard to count people who don't want to be counted," he begins.

Mehlman

"Our report looks at some of the available data – the numbers of people who are apprehended coming into the country, some Census Bureau information – [and] we came to the figure of 14.3 million. We sort of consider that to be a good estimate on our part. But whether it's 14 or 22 [million], this is far more than any country ought to be expected to endure."

American voters will no doubt be concerned about these high figures, according to Mehlman.

"There's an election coming up in less than 13 months," he notes. "[And] we saw … the Democrats in the debate the other night scrupulously avoid any discussion [of illegal immigration] because they understand that the position … now being taken by the Democratic Party, under pressure from their extreme left wing, is not particularly popular with American voters."

According to the Washington Examiner, Cuccinelli wasn't necessarily endorsing the MIT estimate but was just quoting the study because "for policy purposes it is better to work around the larger potential number than be blind to how big the crisis could actually be."

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