42M People in Latin America, Caribbean Want to Migrate to the U.S: Gallup
New report from Gallup CEO Jim Clifton
42 million adults in Latin America and the Caribbean want to immigrate to the United States, according to a report from Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton.
"There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean."
"Roughly 450 million adults live in the region."
"Gallup asked them if they would like to move to another country permanently if they could," wrote Clifton.
Twenty-seven percent of those adults said "yes" they would.
That number equals to around 120 million who want to migrate somewhere.
Gallup asked those in the same group "where they would like to move."
"Of those who want to leave their country permanently, 35% -- or 42 million -- said they want to go to the United States," reported Clifton.
"Seekers of citizenship or asylum are watching to determine exactly when and how is the best time to make their move," he added.
"In addition to finding a solution for the thousands of migrants currently at the border, let's include the bigger, harder question -- what about all of those who would like to come? What is the message to them?" wrote Clifton.
To put things into more perspective, the U.S. population is approximately 330 million.
But in 2019, during Trump's presidency, immigration from those countries slowed.
USNews reported in 2019:
Once the fastest-growing source of international migrants, a study released by the Pew Research Center found that the growth rate in the number of emigrants from the region has declined. Between 2010 and 2017, the global population of emigrants from the region grew by 7 percent. That compares to the period from 2000 to 2010, when the figure jumped 44 percent. From 1990 to 2000, it spiked 58 percent.
During the period from 2010 to 2017, the percentage growth in the number of immigrants worldwide from the Middle East and North Africa increased by 38 percent, and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa grew by 32 percent. Those increases contributed to 17 percent overall growth worldwide in the number of migrants during the same period.
Joe Biden's border policies are also a huge factor which is prompting many to make the move to the U.S.
Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden's crisis at the border, saying his strategy "turned national triumph into a national disaster."
Trump said in a March 21 statement:
"We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history. All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot."
"Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster."
"They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast."