Donald Trump’s Current Immigration Policy Will Deport A Laughably Low Number Of Illegal Immigrants by Eric Owens
Donald Trump’s statements throughout the last week about deporting illegal immigrants suggest that the percentage of illegal immigrants he wants to deport is tremendously low.
The Republican presidential nominee’s statements in recent days have been inconsistent, but the most reasonable estimate of the number of illegal immigrants he now wants to deport based on his statements is 690,000 — out of a widely accepted total of 11 million.
The figure, 690,000, is the number of known illegal immigrants who have been convicted of felonies or crimes defined as serious misdemeanors.
Deporting 690,000 out of America’s 11 million immigrants would result in the deportation of 6.27 percent of all known illegal immigrants. About 10,310,000 illegal immigrants — over 93 percent — would continue to reside in the United States. (For a comparison, this population of 10,310,000 remaining illegal immigrants would be slightly larger than the entire population of Sweden.)
Last week, amid reports that Trump will disavow his trademark campaign promise to deport millions of illegal aliens, he announced on “The O’Reilly Factor” that his immigration policy would continue the policies of Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
“What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country — Bush the same thing,” Trump explained. “Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m gonna do the same thing.”
“Now, the existing laws are very strong,” Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
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