[Ed. – As Washington Examiner points out, that’s twice the figure commonly used in public discussion. If you’ve done much reading on the matter, it’s not a surprising figure, and certainly not an irresponsible one. But previous DHS officials have been careful to never allude to it. Breaking that taboo is the big deal here.]
President Trump’s top immigration spokesman on Wednesday said that there are potentially 22 million illegal immigrants inside the United States, nearly twice the estimate regularly cited.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles the legal immigration process, said the number comes from a study done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That study put the number at 22.1 million.
The number typically cited is 11 million to 13 million illegal immigrants in the country. The latest estimate, from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is 14 million. An accurate count is difficult to calculate.