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DHS: Now 22 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in US; up from 12 million

ICE Arresting an illegal alien (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Released)
February 26, 2020

There could be at least 22.1 million illegal immigrants in the United States, according to an audit released last Tuesday from the Homeland Security inspector general, citing an academic study.

“The number of removable aliens in the United States is unknown. However, in 2015, DHS estimated that number to be 12 million, and a slightly more recent academic study estimated it to be 22.1 million,” according to the audit.

The audit is referring to a study conducted by Yale and Massachusetts Institute of Technology that estimated the number of illegal immigrants using a demographic model based on data from 1990 to 2016 that was published on Sept. 21, 2018.

According to the study, “The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is estimated to be substantially larger than has been appreciated at least in widely accepted previous estimates. Even an estimate based on what we view as conservative assumptions, in some cases unrealistically so, generates an estimate of 16.7 million, well above the conventional estimate of 11.3 million. The mean of our simulations, which range over more standard but still conservative parameter values, is 22.1 million, essentially twice the current widely accepted estimate.”

The 11-12 million figure is from self-reported illegal immigrants in the U.S. census.

The audit also found that there are more than 17,000 at-large illegal immigrants who were released by sanctuary cities since 2013. Releasing illegal immigrants from law enforcement custody puts the lives of citizens’ in danger, ICE says.

Previous reports from ICE have echoed the same point: that sanctuary cities make it more difficult to protect legal residents and help violent criminals get away with their crimes.

Some recent examples illustrate how New York City officials are actively protecting illegal immigrants charged with a number of violent crimes, including rape and murder, by refusing to cooperate with ICE.

An illegal immigrant from Mexico, 34-year old Adrian Moran-Torres, was arrested by NYPD on Nov. 20 with charges of 2nd and 3rd-degree assault with the intent to cause physical harm and act in a manner to injure a child less than 17. New York released Moran-Torres form custody.

Additionally, New York City denied a deportation request from ICE regarding a 21-year old illegal immigrant from Guyana, Reeaz Khan, who was arrested on weapons and assault charges last year, according to the Washington Times. Khan went on to rape and kill a 92-year old woman on Jan 6.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” ICE wrote in a statement on Friday. ICE added that the city is putting “politics before public safety.”