THE 42 MIL­LION-MEM­BER CAR­A­VAN

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“Here’s a good question about caravans: How many more are com­ing? 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 per­cent said ‘yes.’ So this means roughly 120 mil­lion would like to mi­grate some­where,” writes Jim Clifton, the chair­man and CEO of the Gallup poll.

The comes the sec­ond part of what ap­pears to be a mas­sive sur­vey.

“The next question Gallup asked was, ‘Where would you like to move?’ Of those who want to leave their Latin Amer­i­can coun­try per­ma­nently, 35 per­cent 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.,” re­ports Mr. Clifton.

“Most U.S. cit­i­zens like me just want to know the plan. What is the 10-year plan? How many, ex­actly whom and what skills will they bring? What do we want? Answer these ques­tions, and the cur­rent dis­cus­sion can be re­solved. Keep in mind that it’s not only 330 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who are won­der­ing — so are 42 mil­lion seek­ers from Latin Amer­ica,” he ad­vises.

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