Homan: Yale Study on Illegal Immigrants Gives Trump 'More Ammunition' to Push Border Reform
Nearly twice as many illegals in U.S. as previously believed.
The study, conducted by researchers from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, estimated that an average of 22 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States.
Researchers took into account the number of deportations, border apprehensions and visa overstays to support their findings.
"I think this gives the president more ammunition to say 'Look, we need to fix this border,'" said Homan, former director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The study's researchers said that the current 11.3 million estimate is based largely on survey data from the Census Bureau.
Homan added that even though he's not sure what set of numbers to believe, the study shows the need for total immigration reform.
"How much bigger than 12 million do you need to be to recognize there's a problem?" he said.
A new Yale study, using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data, suggests that the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States may be more than 22 million—more than twice what was previously believed. https://t.co/XXcMMWHqYM
— Yale Insights (@YaleInsights) September 21, 2018
Homan implored Americans to make it known to their local politicians that immigration reform needs to be taken seriously.
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