Decent, law-abiding people know that crime is wrong and it’s unjust to profit from criminality.
So why do many Democrats oppose President Trump directing the U.S. census to determine whether people are illegally in America? After all, a fundamental principle of our Constitution is that each voter has an equal voice. But if the census counts undocumented aliens, states with relatively high numbers of them will illicitly gain additional seats in the U.S. Congress, at the expense of states like Iowa, with relatively low numbers.
Such unjustly inflated totals will also allow some states to wrongfully gain votes in the Electoral College at the expense of properly governed states that don’t harbor illegals. Why reward states for the pro-illegal alien policies that attract them? Non-citizens don’t merit congressional representation any more than burglars deserve awards for stealing.
The state of Alabama will soon lose a congressional seat – along with an electoral vote – because of the 2020 census. But had illegal aliens not been counted in the 2010 census by the Obama administration, the apportionment basing would’ve not cost Alabama an electoral vote and a congressional seat back then. Including illegals in the census has resulted in ill-gotten gains for states that facilitate sanctuary cities, counties, and college campuses.
Counting them means unfairly taking power from citizens in states with relatively few illegals and rewarding the states that promote and facilitate illegality. Citizenship questions were routinely featured on every census through 1950. In 1960, such inquiries were removed, because for the prior 35 years, America had miniscule immigration. But until 2010, in every census since 1970, this question was featured on select, long form questionnaires. Obama in 2010 deep-sixed it altogether, however, as part of his stated scheme to “fundamentally change America.”
Iowa, like Alabama, would likely be harmed by counting Illegals in the upcoming census. But does Iowa’s attorney general, Democrat Tom Miller, even care? Apparently not, as he’s thrown in with California’s radical attorney general, Xavier Beccera, and other Democratic attorneys general representing Oregon, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C.
Also funding this ludicrous lawsuit are the incompetently governed cities of San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Providence, Seattle and several other pro-sanctuary municipalities. Why Miller is squandering his employers’ tax dollars by throwing in with such despicable litigation is mind-boggling.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on this contentious issue in June. I predict a 5-to-4 ruling, which will allow the census takers to ask this important question. To Democrats, this is about money; they fear that when illegals are contacted by the census takers or mailed a census form, questioning their legality might discourage them from participating. This would cause undercounts, which means fewer federal dollars for Medicaid, Head Start, free school lunches, tuition subsidies, free legal services and other giveaway programs. So what? Those programs are intended for U.S. citizens.
Miller’s obstinance on this issue proves that GOP legislators were fully justified in clipping his wings during the 2019 session. Contentious trouble-makers who favor counting illegals in our 2020 census are harmful to law-abiding Americans, and should cease with their nation-wrecking nonsense.
(Author Todd Blodgett of Clear Lake served on President Reagan’s White House staff and as an adviser to the Bush-Quayle 1988 campaign committee. He also worked for the Republican National Committee and the FBI.)
(Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court on April 23 as justices heard arguments over the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)