According to experts from Yale University, data seems to indicate that an accurate estimate for the illegal immigrant population of the United States of America rests at around 29.5 Million. This staggeringly high figure is nearly three times larger than the previously accepted estimates by most experts that placed the segment of the population at 11 million illegal immigrants. This 29.5 million figure sits at the top end of the confidence interval generated by the researchers. A more conservative average places these numbers at over 22 million; even with a conservative estimate this still places the real number of the illegal immigrant population at more than doulbe that of previous estimates by experts.
The researchers had the following statement to make about their findings:
“Our results lead us to the conclusion that the widely accepted estimate of 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the United States is too small. Our model estimates indicate that the true number is likely to be larger, with an estimated 95 percent probability interval ranging from 16.2 to 29.5 million undocumented immigrants.”
The new study calls into question years of census data and the population reporting methods of the United States in general. It could be that these new figures themselves are still conservative and that the official census data is completely inaccurate in many ways.