Few things require a more willing suspension of common sense than a single statistic pounded into the heads of the public by progressives and their media collaborators. Daily Signal columnist William Campenni gets right to the heart of the matter. “Call any journalist, pundit, anchor, strategist or lobbyist and ask: 1. How many illegal immigrants are in the United States? 2. What is your source for that number? Almost without exception he or she will answer: 1. 11 million. 2. The Pew Research Center,” he writes.
And where does Pew get its information? “An estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on government data,” the Pew website states. “Government data” is shorthand for the Department of Homeland Security. In December 2003, DHS estimated between 8 million and 12 million illegal aliens resided in the United States — and that 700,000 more enter each year and remain here. Writing for the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, Fred Elbel highlights the absurdity of those stats. “As of 2014, those estimates have not changed for eleven years, even though the official annual increase alone would yield an (sic) corrected estimate of 15.7 million to 19.7 million illegal aliens today (not adjusting for Obama’s unconstitutional 2014 executive amnesty),” he explains.
In other words, American are supposed to believe just as many illegals have died, or repatriated themselves, as have snuck into the nation or overstayed their visas for more than a decade. This despite three straight years of record-breaking border “surges” described by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske as the “new normal;” a stand down order issued to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, who are being told to release illegals and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings; and the reality that the Obama administration’s tracking of foreign visitors with expired visas is nonexistent, as revealed by assistant DHS secretary Alan Bersin during a recent congressional hearing.
“How many visitors overstay their visas every year?” asked Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “We don’t know,” Bersin replied.
The other government entity charged with determining the number of illegals in the United States is the U.S. Census Bureau, “a congressionally funded agency headed by a political appointee,” Campenni reminds us. Anyone also remember that is the same U.S. Census Bureau Obama ordered to work directly with the White House prior to the 2010 census, a “shamefully transparent attempt by your administration to politicize the Census Bureau and manipulate the 2010 Census,” as House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform members Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), wrote in a letter to the president?
But let’s make it even simpler than that. How many illegal aliens would willingly admit their illegality to a government bureaucrat?