President Trump and members of Congress are continuing to deliberate how best to tackle the immigration issue after they were previously unable to do so and inadvertently forced a record-long federal government shutdown.
The lawmakers still have no answer as another federal government shutdown looms. President Trump previously said he would declare a national emergency and enact his own immigration policies (specifically the construction of a border wall) to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country.
But, without new legislation in place, Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton argued in an op-ed the problem could get much, much worse.
According to Clifton, Gallup surveyed “the whole population of Latin America” and concluded up to 5 million Latin American immigrants said they were planning to move to the United States over the course of the next 12 months.
Beyond that scope in time, a total of 42 million immigrants expressed interest in coming into the United States.
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Gallup asked the whole population of Latin America. There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. Gallup asked them, “Would you like to move to another country permanently if you could?”
A whopping 27% said “yes.”
So this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.
The next question Gallup asked was, “Where would you like to move?”
Of those who want to leave their Latin American country permanently, 35% said they want to go to the United States.
The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42 million want to come to the U.S.
Forty-two million seekers of citizenship or asylum are watching to determine exactly when and how is the best time to make the move. This suggests that open borders could potentially attract 42 million Latin Americans. A full 5 million who are planning to move in the next 12 months say they are moving to the U.S.
“Rather than find a solution for the several thousand potential migrants currently at the border, let’s start by answering the bigger, harder question — what about the 42 million who would like to come? What is the message to those millions who will seek entrance either legally or illegally? What should we tell them?” the op-ed adds.