Politicians usually reserve Fridays to release news items for which they don’t want a whole lot of media coverage. Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security released its annual estimates of the illegal-alien population in the United States. The number remains mostly unchanged – DHS estimates that there are 11.5 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. as of January 2011 compared to 11.6 million in January of 2010. But several things stand out in this year’s report.
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For starters, I find it interesting that DHS has changed some of the information it provides in its most telling data tables. Both tables 3 and 4 of the report list the estimated current and historical populations of illegal aliens, but this year’s report only shows estimates from 2011 and 2000. Last year’s report listed estimates for each of the last 6 years and 2000.
(The top table is from the most recent report. The bottom table is from last year’s report. The table descriptions are the same, but the years shown in each table are different.)
Why would DHS do this?