An estimated eight million illegal alien living in the U.S. could qualify for deportation under President Donald Trump’s immigration plan.
According to figures compiled by the Los Angeles Times, the total comes after speaking with experts reviewing details of Trump’s immigration overhaul and law enforcement agencies who will implement the orders.
Under Trump’s immigration orders, nearly any illegal alien who comes in contact with law enforcement officers can be deported for entering the country illegally, as the LA Times notes.
Many of those eight million illegal aliens hold jobs in the U.S. where they have lied on federal documents, claiming they are eligible to work in the country; acts subject to deportation.
Likewise, smaller cohorts of the population improperly receiving welfare benefits, using fraudulent identity cards, or found driving without a license will qualify for removal as well.
Illegal immigrants who have been accused or convicted of crimes, specifically violent ones, will be prioritized for deportation.
Ronald Mortensen with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) wrote that the eight million illegal immigrants eligible for deportation would mean Trump’s order could deport some 75 percent of the country’s illegal alien population.
Mortensen argues that the perpetuated narrative of illegal aliens paying into the Social Security system through payroll taxes means that they fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers, sometimes even stolen from American citizens.
“So, until President Trump issued E.O. 13768, the career politicians that he replaced had consistently put illegal aliens first and deliberately ignored the terrible harm done to the American men, women, and children whose Social Security numbers are stolen,” Mortensen wrote in a blog post.
“Rather than protecting Americans, career politicians and their business, media, and faith-based allies stood by as the medical records of innocent children were corrupted by illegal aliens using their Social Security numbers, with life-threatening consequences,” Mortensen continued. “They did nothing as their constituents’ and neighbors’ credit records were destroyed by illegal aliens and as the arrest records of illegal aliens were attached to the stolen Social Security numbers of hard-working Americans.”
Trump’s overhaul is a major contrast to former President Obama’s immigration orders, where only about 1.4 million illegal aliens were considered qualified for deportation.