An estimated 42 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean want to move to the United States, according to a Gallup poll.
That would be equal to the populations of Connecticut, Utah, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, North and South Dakota, Alaska, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Wyoming.
Or more than the population of California.
Gallup CEO Jim Clifton noted amid the border crisis that about 450 million people live in the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Gallup asked them if they would like to move to another country permanently if they could. A whopping 27% said “yes.”
“This means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere. Gallup then asked them where they would like to move,” Clifton said.
“Of those who want to leave their country permanently, 35% – or 42 million – said they want to go to the United States. Seekers of citizenship or asylum are watching to determine exactly when and how is the best time to make their move.”
He said as a solution is sought to 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? What is the 10-year plan?”
“330 million U.S. citizens are wondering. So are 42 million Latin Americans.”
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