The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Immigration Statistics have the answer. Lots!
Actual number is 11,550,000 as of January 2006. I guess it took a while to count them all considering they released the report this month.
The link to the August report titled:
“Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2006″ is HERE
In summary, there were an estimated 11.6 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States as of January 2006. Nearly 4.2 million had entered in 2000 or later. An estimated 6.6 million of the 11.6 million unauthorized residents were from Mexico.
Mexico continues to be the leading source of unauthorized immigration to the United States. The estimated unauthorized immigrant population from Mexico increased from 4.7 million in 2000 to 6.6 million in January 2006.
California remained the leading state of residence of the unauthorized resident population in 2006, with 2.8 million. The next leading state, Texas, had 1.6 million unauthorized residents, followed by Florida with nearly 1 million.
That is a lot of people. There are approximately 300 million people in America. That means about 1 in 30 are illegal. Maybe I am a skeptic, but that seems a bit too many to deport.
Ron Paul’s solution is HERE:
“We need to allocate far more resources, both in terms of money and manpower, to securing our borders and coastlines here at home. This is the most critical task before us, both in terms of immigration problems and the threat of foreign terrorists. Unless and until we secure our borders, illegal immigration and the problems associated with it will only increase.”