Counted? Yes – Considered? No

Monday, July 15, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

"USA Border" signAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization says President Trump is right to stress the importance of knowing the breakdown of citizens and non-citizens in a census.

President Trump is calling it a reset, but he has clearly abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year's census. Instead, he has directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. The president says it is essential to have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. population.

"What we have been doing in this country is including illegal aliens in the census," the Federation for Immigration Reform's (FAIR) Ira Mehlman tells OneNewsNow. "We need to count people who are here regardless of their immigration status. But the question is should their presence here be considered for the purpose of apportioning congressional seats."

Mehlman

On that note, Mehlman says when one state gains, another state loses.

"If you look at the last census in 2010, California they estimate has an illegal population of about 2.8 million. So if you do the math, that's four seats that California got as a result of having a large number of illegal aliens living there," the FAIR spokesman figures. "And it's four seats that came at the expense of citizens in other states."

Alabama has been given the green light for moving ahead with a lawsuit to change the rules regarding apportionment for congressional seats.

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