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With thousands of immigrants trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico — all eyes are focused on Tijuana right now, but the crossings continue along the normal stretches, too — a recent Yale study is actually making a powerful case for building the wall.
It wasn’t supposed to. But kudos to honest researchers.
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The study by two Yale professors and an instructor at MIT Sloan School of Management found that the number of undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens in legal, non-PC terms) living in the United States is double what has been estimated and used continually in the media.
Double, as in 22.1 million illegals living here. The number widely used in the media, in studies and in conversations is generally around 11 million. This has implications for the entire debate, because it means that everything from the numbers coming in during good economic times (now) to the costs to American taxpayers are much, much higher than what has been estimated.
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Researchers Edward Kaplan, Jonathan Feinstein and Mohammad Fazel‐Zarandi used a more full method to determine that the common estimate of 11 million immigrants is likely way off base.
“Our original idea was just to do a sanity check on the existing number,” said Kaplan, a professor of operations research at Yale School of Management. “Instead of a number which was smaller, we got a number that was…higher. That caused us to scratch our heads.”
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So obviously, these researchers were actually wondering if the 11 million number was too high. They were expecting to get a smaller number.
Fellow Yale researcher Feinstein expanded on that point. “There’s a number that everybody quotes, but when you actually dig down and say, “What is it based on?” you find it’s based on one very specific survey and possibly an approach that has some difficulties. So we went in...
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