They listed the American Community Survey (ACS), the National Center for Health Statistics (NSHC), and Department of Education figures.
They go into detail for how many people you would need to see in each of those surveys, for the 22 million figure for illegals to be accurate.
And they don’t see them. In all three they aren’t there.
So it’s either a grand conspiracy, or the 22 million figure just doesn’t reconcile with the real world.
And Republicans, because it works.
It fits the human dynamics on the table, the demand for labor is not going away, our demography isn’t fixing itself to meet that demand, and the [black] market has more resources and more opportunities than whatever Gov’t agency you task to shut it down. It’s just like the drug war, only the people are more relatable, and far more intertwined with the rest of the economy.
Again, as that former Mexican police officer on Joe Rogan who loves the wall points out, the coyotes are 20 years ahead of you. Many of them also love the wall, because it gives the impression that their job is harder, when it isn’t.
To defeat the coyotes, you need to outcompete them on price. That’s the only way capital and labor will stop feeding them; the price they can charge to cross the border has to be lower than what it costs for them to do it.
Enforcement is a part of that, but so is letting people in.