For those who ask why we give Ann Coulter so much space: it’s for two reasons, really. The first reason: her ignorance is funny to those who recognize it for what it is. The second, more frightening, reason: there are people out there who really believe what she says is the Gospel verdad.
Today’s dose of Ann No-Logic revolves around immigration. In her latest column, she wrote, “Can I see the math on that? I can see why bringing in 30 million new Democratic voters would be good for the Democrats, but how does it help Republicans? Maybe conservatives shouldn’t blindly trust the calculations of the guy who graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy.” According to The Huffington Post, these numbers are ridiculously inflated: The total number of undocumented immigrants in the country right now stands at about 11.1 million, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the legislation would lead to a net increase of 9.6 million people in the United States over the next 10 years. That totals 20.7 million, not 30 million. But not all undocumented immigrants are Hispanic. Some 81 percent of immigrants residing illegally in the United States come from Latin America, according to the Pew. The CBO doesn’t specify where the 9.6 million new U.S. residents, both unauthorized and authorized, would come from, but working from the assumption that it’s comparable to the figure for unauthorized immigrants, we can drop that figure still further to 16.8 million.
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