Monday, August 10, 2009

Representation without Taxation

This is lovely. As it stands, in 2010 the Census will count every person in the United States and those numbers will be used to reapportion congressional seats. Included in that number, according to John Baker and Elliot Stonecipher, will be illegal immigrants. Not all of them are illegal, but a whole bunch of them are.

According to the latest American Community Survey, California has 5,622,422 noncitizens in its population of 36,264,467. Based on our round-number projection of a decade-end population in that state of 37,000,000 (including 5,750,000 noncitizens), California would have 57 members in the newly reapportioned U.S. House of Representatives.

However, with noncitizens not included for purposes of reapportionment, California would have 48 House seats (based on an estimated 308 million total population in 2010 with 283 million citizens, or 650,000 citizens per House seat). Using a similar projection, Texas would have 38 House members with noncitizens included. With only citizens counted, it would be entitled to 34 members.

Of course, other states lose out when noncitizens are counted for reapportionment. According to projections of the 2010 Census by Election Data Services, states certain to lose one seat in the 2010 reapportionment are Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania; states likely (though not certain) to lose a seat are Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio could lose a second seat. But under a proper census enumeration that excluded illegal residents, some of the states projected to lose a representative—including our own state of Louisiana—would not do so.

In other words, at least eight and as many as twelve states are going to lose a seat in Congress to California and Texas based on counting people who are breaking our laws to be here. Because of that, each voter in states losing representatives will be partially disenfranchised and people in California and Texas will be overly represented because of the millions of criminals being counted in their states. My home state of Michigan will have one fewer representative to represent us. How in the world did we come to the place where the balance of power in Congress is going to be shaped by millions of people living in this country illegally?

Where is the outrage over this?
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