The battle over whether to count illegal immigrants in the 2020 U.S. Census continues. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL), and the state of Alabama are filing a lawsuit against the federal government alleging that the counting of illegal immigrants for the purpose of allocating congressional seats is a violation of the 14th Amendment.
One of the unmentioned factors in the debate over unenforced immigration rules is how it affects our electoral process. States that are willing to welcome more undocumented immigrants have a clear advantage over those that do not when it comes to representation in Congress and voting power in the electoral college.
Law-Abiding States At A Disadvantage
In a recent appearance on Breitbart News, Rep. Brooks stated that illegal immigration has a significant impact on American elections. “We’re probably in the neighborhood of about 15 million illegal aliens in America now,” he explained. “15 million comes out to roughly 20 congressional seats and 20 electoral college votes.”
The representative went on to explain that counting illegal aliens in the Census gives states that do not enforce immigration laws more power over the federal government. He said:
“So, if you count illegal aliens in the Census for the purpose of distributing political power, that’s the number of congressmen per state or … the number of electoral college votes per state, you’re talking about … 20 electoral college votes and congressmen that are taken from states that follow our laws, that help our border patrol agents, and help our ICE agents … shifting those 20 congressional seats and 20 electoral college seats to states like California that have large numbers of illegal aliens in them.”
Brooks’ remarks about California are especially concerning given the fact that it is essentially a sanctuary state. If the government counts only American citizens to distribute electoral college votes and representation in Congress, it is “likely to shift power away from coastal states harboring large illegal alien populations and towards middle America.”
About 3 million illegal immigrants currently reside in California, and it has 53 congressional seats. According to Breitbart, if the procedure was altered to count only American citizens, they could lose “three to five congressional seats, leaving the state with about 48 to 50 seats.”
The Left Wants Illegal Immigration
Given the unfair advantage our current system provides for left-leaning states, it is no surprise that Democrats oppose altering the Census procedures. Moreover, it points to another reason why they are constantly pushing back against the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants entering the country illegally.
It is a common belief on the right that Democrats view illegal immigrants as potential voters. This is a valid theory given the reality that most people from south of the border tend to favor Democratic politicians. But this would be more of a long-term strategy because the left has not been able to grant voting rights to these individuals.
However, the impact of illegal immigration on Congress and the electoral college has already provided a distinct edge for blue states. They do not seem bothered by the fact that individuals who break our laws to enter our country are allowed to influence its elections.
Those who wish to limit illegal immigration understand that it is not only about protecting our citizens, it is also about protecting our electoral process. They are not willing to leave either vulnerable for the sake of virtue signaling. Fortunately, with most Americans supporting the president’s immigration policies, we may see a positive change in the future.