One of the main, recurring themes of Donald Trump’s campaign for president has been the many problems that illegal immigration presents for the United States and the pressing need to secure the southern border. While Trump’s fiery language about the controversial issues surrounding illegals has opened him up to criticism, his dogged attention to the subject has certainly been a major propellant for his candidacy and front-runner status.
And right on time for adding fuel to Trump’s fire, a new analysis of data from Obama’s Census Bureau shows that there’s now a record number of immigrants in the U.S.; and this huge number is being driven up substantially by illegals flooding across the country’s border with Mexico.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) — an independent, non-partisan research organization — has dug down into government stats and discovered: “Since 2009, some 2.5 million new illegals have settled in the country, with Mexico as the top sending country.” The CIS analysis also finds that the number of illegal immigrants now residing in the United States is likely to be close to 12.4 million.
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“If correct, this would mean that the illegal population grew significantly since 2013,” states the CIS report. “Of course, this represents only an educated guess,” it adds.
…the evidence, while preliminary and incomplete, does indicate that the number of illegal immigrants has increased in the last two years.
And about Trump’s argument concerning the origin of the illegal immigrant population flooding across the border, the Center for Immigration Studies notes:
Most researchers have estimated that individuals from Mexico and Latin America accounted for eight in 10 illegal immigrants in the country.15 The significant growth of immigrants from all of Latin America over the last two years lends support to the idea that the number of illegal immigrants has begun to increase again.
In its report on the CIS analysis, the Washington Examiner notes: “The total Mexican immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached 12.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 — the highest quarterly total ever.” Overall, says the CIS, the immigrant population in the U.S. rose to a record level of more than 42 million in the second quarter of this year.
The Examiner article also takes note of polling that shows “the public wants action to stop the surge of illegal immigrants and new foreign workers.”
A recent national survey by Rasmussen Reports found that “60% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally. That shows little change from April but is up from 52% in April of last year.”
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Continuing his campaign to draw attention to illegal immigration, GOP front-runner Donald Trump fired up an audience just outside of Detroit earlier this week, connecting the crowd’s concern about illegals with their interest in keeping auto manufacturing jobs in the United States. Crain’s Detroit Business reported on Trump’s harsh criticism of the Ford Motor Co.:
“Ford is building a $2.5 billion plant in Mexico,” he roared to a packed auditorium in Birch Run, and 2,000 voices responded with lusty boos. “I’ll actually give them a good idea. Why don’t we just let the illegals drive the cars and trucks right into our country?”
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