President Trump Signs Memo To Not Count Illegal Immigrants In Voting Districts

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( President Donald Trump issued an order on Tuesday that has already drawn the ire of liberals.

The memorandum he signed would prevent people who are in America illegally from being counted when congressional voting districts are re-drawn next. If the plan would actually go through, it would most likely benefit Republicans, as it would eliminate non-white populations from being counted, resulting in voting districts that were more Caucasian.

In addition, some of the most populous states could end up losing seats in the House of Representatives as a result. California currently has 53 seats and New York has 27, and some of those could be at jeopardy.

The announcement was already met with threats of legal challenges from civil rights groups, blue states such as New York and others. Experts on the U.S. census said they don’t believe the order is even enforceable.

As the memo read:

“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.”

Redistricting is next set for 2021, after results from the 2020 U.S. census are collected and tallied. In this process, voting districts are re-drawn to reflect the current situation with the population. This is done every 10 years.

When redistricting is done, each state is given its share of 435 congressional seats, which is based on the population. In the past, seats were distributed based on the overall population of the country, but Trump wants to remove illegal immigrants from that count.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the plan “unlawful” and “designed to again inject fear and distrust into vulnerable and traditionally undercounted communities, while sowing chaos with the Census.”

The case at hand is whether or not voting maps that are citizen-based could be upheld at the federal level. The Supreme Court has allowed this in the past at the state level, but many legal experts believe it wouldn’t hold up for federal elections.

People on Trump’s side argue that each vote in a district should have the same weight. This won’t happen if one district has many fewer legal voters than another. Each vote in such a district would carry more weight than each vote in another.

But a challenge to that thinking holds some water. The Constitution says the congressional districts have to be based on “the whole number of persons” in the district, as counted in the U.S. census.

Trump took aim at this statement in his memo, though, saying the word “persons has never been understood to include … every individual physically present within a state’s boundaries.”

Still, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union have said they will sue the president.

“We’ll see him (Trump) in court, and win,” said Dale Ho, an attorney with the ACLU.

Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, also promised similar action, saying:

“We will continue to lead this fight because we will not allow the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies to tip the balance of power in the nation.”