Donald Trump, one of the two people in line to become the next president of the United States (scarily enough), has based a large part of his election campaign on deporting unauthorized immigrants from the country.
“Day one, my first hour in office, [the illegal immigrants] are gone,” the business mogul told his supporters during an event in Phoenix, Arizona, a few weeks ago. “You can call it deported if you want… you can call it whatever the hell you want, they're gone.”
Along with this promises to build a huge wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and make the other country pay for it, the foul-mouthed candidate has also repeatedly claimed the government has no idea how many undocumented people are currently living here.
“We have lost control of our country. We have lost control of our borders. The government has no idea how many illegals are here,” he exclaimed last year.
The Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently released a report about overall undocumented population. According to their estimates, there were 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in America as of 2014 — compared to a peak 12.2 million in 2007.
As for the undocumented Mexican immigrants, their number decreased to an estimated 5.8 million in 2014 from 6.9 million in 2007.
“Among Mexican unauthorized immigrants, fully 78 percent had lived in the U.S. for 10 years or more as of 2014, and only 7 percent had been in the U.S. for less than five years,” said the report. “Among unauthorized immigrants from nations other than Mexico, a smaller share, but still a majority 52 percent had lived in the U.S. for at least a decade in 2014.”
There are 11.1 million lives hanging in the balance. If Trump continues down this path, these people will be forced to return to the bloodshed and violence they fled.
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