American conservatives are concerned that we are a step or two behind Europe in committing open-borders suicide. But if you actually look at the numbers, in many respects America is blazing the trail to destruction much more swiftly than Europe.
A recent Pew Research report estimated the entire illegal immigrant population of Europe is 3.9-4.8 million. That is for an entire continent of 747 million people. The U.S. is less than half the size, yet the estimates of the illegal alien population range from 11 million to as high as 22 million.
Pew, as well as other left-leaning groups, likes to say there were only 12 million illegal aliens last decade and that the number has actually gone down in recent years. But the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) notes how they rely on census data that has traditionally undercounted illegal aliens by 15-35 percent. Moreover, given the massive influx of Central Americans in recent years, it is laughable how some of these organization can say that the numbers haven’t moved. ICE’s docket of non-detained aliens targeted for removal alone has grown by roughly one million since 2017, while the immigration court backlog has grown nearly tenfold over the decade.
Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was asked at a hearing last December whether the number of illegal aliens was closer to 11 or 12 million or 22 million, as estimated by a recent Yale/MIT study. Nielsen admitted that there definitely are somewhere between 12 and 22 million, “higher than originally estimated.” That was before one million illegal aliens were apprehended the following year and countless snuck through the border in one of the worst border crises in recent memory.
FAIR therefore estimates that there are 14.3 million illegal aliens at a minimum, not including the 4.8 million children born to them on our soil that are erroneously viewed as citizens by the courts and bureaucrats. Most European countries don’t have such a policy.
That is an enormous number, even if it’s not up to 22 million. The burden is incalculable, which is why it’s so dishonest for politicians to continue demanding that we bring in more refugees. At most, Great Britain has 800,000-1.2 million illegal aliens, Germany has 1-1.2 million, and France has 300,000-400,000, according to Pew.
Sadly, we will never know our number for sure, because the Trump administration genuflected to an insidiously illegal court ruling blocking us from using the census to ask the question that is most pertinent to our reapportionment and representation. Congress just appropriated record funding for the census, $1.5 billion more than what the agency requested, yet we will never even find out exactly how many immigrants and illegal aliens we have, broken down by jurisdiction.
When comparing America’s number of refugees compared to that of other parts of the world, illegal immigration, which is like refugee resettlement in all but name only, must be taken into account. While it’s true that Europe has brought in many people from the Middle East and North Africa through legal immigration, their illegal immigration burden is a fraction of ours. In addition, aside from the illegal immigration, we bring in more immigrants than any other country. In that vein, how can so many GOP governors support bringing in even more refugees?
President Trump gave the grassroots a gift by requiring both the state governor and county officials to sign off on resettlement in order for the private contractors to bring refugees into a given jurisdiction. Yet the Left has been outgunning us because our entire movement is focused on impeachment.
Activists in Appomattox County, Virginia, got their county officials to be the first to reject refugees. But there should be hundreds more. Remember, even though the governorships are split roughly down the middle, Trump carried around 84 percent of the nation’s 3,100 or so counties. That means there are a lot of conservative counties within states that are governed by Democrats, such as in Virginia, where the grassroots can make their voices heard.
Kentucky and North Carolina are important states in which conservatives must engage. Both states now have Democrat governors. They were the #5 and #7 states respectively in terms of refugee intake in fiscal year 2019. In 2016, Trump carried 118 of 120 counties in Kentucky and 76 of 100 counties in North Carolina. There is no reason conservatives cannot pressure their county governments in these states to halt refugee resettlement while we deal with the backlog of illegal immigration and asylum claims.
Although we have welcomed immigrants in the right numbers and with proper assimilation for most of our history, we are a nation of citizens, not a nation of immigrants. We’ve never experienced this degree of illegal and legal immigration for such a protracted period, coinciding with the collapse of patriotic assimilation. It’s time for the citizenry to stand up and be counted, even as our own census refuses to distinguish us from illegal aliens. Where is our sanctuary city?
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.