According to an entry on latimesblogs.latimes.com: “We have received some responses to our post this morning about illegal immigration numbers that quote different figures — figures that allegedly come from the Los Angeles Times. . .Those figures are a hoax, which you can read about here on Snopes.com.”
Statistics are often deceiving and as we see day in and day out, can be used to manipulate information to suit one’s purposes. Moreover, “studies”, especially when conducted by an interested party or organization should be taken with a cup of salt.