Only 23% of Americans Think Illegals Should Count for Congressional Districts
There is a big debate in America right now over the 2020 census and the congressional representation that is based off the final count. (Some) Republicans believe that the census should exclude illegal immigrants when it comes to determining how much congressional representation a district gets on Capitol Hill. Democrats, meanwhile, insist that illegals are every bit as American as anyone else and should be counted as such. Given that Democrats benefit overwhelmingly from stuffing Congress using illegal immigrant population counts, it should come as no surprise that they feel this way.
According to a new poll from Scott Rasmussen, however, most Americans do not agree.
A Just The News poll shows that only 23% of U.S. voters believe that illegal immigrants should be counted when determining congressional representation. A whopping 70% of voters disagree.
When was the last time you saw 70% of voters agree on anything, much less something as politically divisive as this? If anything, this is another sign that, when it comes to illegal immigration, Democrats are astonishingly out of touch with the average citizen.
On July 21, President Donald Trump released a signed memo ordering Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to remove illegal aliens from each state’s census count. Once that removal has been completed, the census numbers will be released to Congress for the final reapportionment of the House of Representatives. If Trump’s order stands, it would remove a single congressional seat from California, Texas, and New York each. It would also potentially hinder those states from gaining extra representation in Congress from the new count.
“States adopting policies that encourage illegal aliens to enter this country and that hobble federal efforts to enforce the immigration laws passed by the Congress should not be rewarded with greater representation in the House of Representatives,” the memo reads.
“Current estimates suggest that one state is home to more than 2.2 million illegal aliens, constituting more than 6% of the State’s entire population,” it continues. “Including these illegal aliens in the population of the state for the purpose of apportionment could result in the allocation of two or three more congressional seats than would otherwise be allocated.”
We’re sure a fierce legal battle will ensue over this order, and judging by recent decisions handed down by this Supreme Court, we’re not at all confident that things will go in favor of the Trump administration. Nonetheless, it is clear that the vast majority of Americans believe that we should reform our congressional representation laws so that only legal residents “count” when divvying up the districts.