A new report estimates that 2.5 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States since Barack Obama took office in 2009.
The Center for Immigration Studies released a study Monday citing data from the Center for Migration Studies, Pew Research Center and the Census Bureau that indicates 400,000 illegal immigrants on average have entered the country annually since 2009.
From the middle of 2013 to May 2015 alone, 790,000 illegals have come into the United States. These undocumented individuals entered the country after President Obama unveiled a controversial executive order in 2012 to stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children.
While the number of illegal immigrants leaving the country offsets the number of arrivals, thus allowing for the size of the illegal population to remain largely constant since 2009, the report suggests that tougher immigration policies would have enabled the country to shrink the illegal population by 2.5 million over the last six years.
“Had the United States not allowed so many new illegal immigrants to settle in the country since 2009, the total number of illegal immigrants would have fallen by 2.5 million. But the arrival of so many new illegal immigrants offset this attrition in the illegal population,” the report says.