2021-02-25 13:35:32 UTC
Published 9 hours ago
We've been told for 15 years there are 11 million illegal aliens in the
country. It's an obvious lie
Have you ever noticed that nobody in Washington can agree on a number?
You would think that people with functioning calculators could come to
similar math- based conclusions once in a while, but not in D.C. Try
getting a consensus on unemployment projections or consumer confidence
levels from members of Congress. You can't even get a straight answer
on how many troops will be occupying the Capitol three months from now,
and that's something they directly control.
With all of that in mind, it's pretty amazing to watch virtually
everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat, repeat precisely the
same number when discussing one of the most critical problems that we
face. That number is 11 million. That number, they tell us, is exactly
how many foreign nationals currently live here illegally.
It's almost like a script now. People have different views on what we
ought to do about illegal immigrants, but nobody questions how many
there are. There are 11 million, period.
A month before last year's presidential election, Joe Biden promised:
"Within 100 days, I'm going to send to the United States Congress a
pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people, and all
of those so-called Dreamers, those DACA kids, they're going to be
immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put
on a path to citizenship."
It doesn't take an economist to know that giving free "health care" to
11 million new people could easily capsize the U.S. economy. As Milton
Friedman once wisely noted, you can have a welfare state or you can
have open borders, but you cannot have both.
We all assume that 11 million is the real number of illegal aliens in
this country, but is it? No, it's not. In fact, it's a totally fake
number which people endlessly repeat either because they are badly
informed or dishonest. They've been repeating that number for more than
So what's going on here? Here's what we found: Pretty much everybody
who talks about immigration is using the Census Bureau's annual
American Community Survey to estimate how many illegal immigrants live
in this country. The Census Bureau tallies up the number of
foreign-born people they've identified who live in this country, then
estimate or subtract the number of foreign-born people known to be in
the U.S. legally. Bingo, 11 million.
The problem is this method of calculation is bound to be wrong. Many
illegal immigrants don't respond to census takers. Why would they say
they're here illegally? Robert Groves, the former director of the
Census Bureau, summed up the reality this way: "There is no magic
bullet that anyone has discovered to count this population [illegal
immigrants]. This is really very difficult to estimate."
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