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From: David Brehmer [e-mail him]
The U.S. is underestimating the true number of illegal aliens.
A little over one year ago, the media and the federal government used the figure of 8 million aliens living in the U. S. The about 4-6 months ago the MSM and the government began citing 12 million as the probable number of illegal aliens.
However, I disagree with that figure as well for the following reason.
Use the 1986 amnesty as a baseline. The (quietly held) statistical estimate by the federal government that between 3 - 4 million people per year cross into the U.S. illegally. And the hard statistic from the Border Patrol is that they interdict or catch between 750,000 to one million of these. This gives us a very simple mathematical equation that results in a mind-boggling conclusion.
Based on the above information, over the 20-year period since 1986, the yearly estimated number of illegals that successfully enter the U.S. is between 2 - 3 million aliens. Multiply that by the 20 years and you arrive at a figure of roughly 40-60 million people illegally in the U.S.
In spite of the data, only a very few reports hint that the number of illegals may be as high as 20 million. The MSM and the federal government are more comfortable with the widely used and lower figure 8-12 million aliens.
For obvious reasons, you'll never hear the truth from them.