Monday, June 16, 2008

You see it time and time again.  The “estimates” of how many “illegals” there are.  Is it 12M, 13M, some estimates say there are 30M.  Wow!  As one, commenter mentioned, NASA has some competition from these folks and their calculators.  So how many undocumented are there?  Don’t forget to cut and paste it to your favorite forum next time Joe Patriot starts getting creative with the figures!

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Estimates on the unauthorized population of the United States

Analysis of the March 2005 Current Population Survey shows that there were 11.1 million unauthorized migrants in the United States a year ago. Based on analysis of other data sources that offer indications of the pace of growth in the foreign-born population, the Center developed an estimate of 11.5 to 12 million for the unauthorized population as of March 2006.

Size and Characteristics of the Unauthorized Migrant Population in the U.S.

    FAIR estimates that in 2007 the illegal alien population is above 13 million persons. Government and academic estimates indicate that as of 2006 there were 11 to 12 million illegal aliens living in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies estimated the illegal alien population at 10 million as of November 2004.

    Given that these two are on very different sides of the immigration debate, I’d say its safe to assume its somewhere in the middle.

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