Let real numbers guide immigration debate
A statistics professor in one of my college classes told us that one can prove anything with statistics, and our politicians prove that every day. I am increasingly concerned that people can look at the same facts and come up with completely opposite views.
I am even more discouraged that if you have an “R” or a “D” as part of your job description, you seem to toe the party line. There are few free thinkers in Congress anymore.
The right reports that illegal immigration is a crisis. The left reports it is not a crisis because it has decreased so much in recent years.
What are the facts? These numbers are from the Factcheck.org website: An estimated 12 million undocumented persons currently live in the U.S. That is more people than are living in our 10 lowest-population states.
How many cross the border each year? No one knows. The numbers recorded by Homeland Security are those who are apprehended.
In 2000, it was 1.64 million people. In 2017, it was about 304,000. This increased to 396,500 in 2018.
Is this bad? It is a considerable reduction from 1.64 million, but consider that this is still the equivalent of 13 to 14 cities the size of Fredericksburg.
We are expected to house, cloth, feed, educate, provide medical care, etc. for a group bigger than the population of Fredericksburg every month. How much should be budgeted for this? How much are you willing to pay for it?