Although President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his focus on the potential threat posed by illegal immigration, one new report appears to show his concerns are well-founded.
According to a report compiled by Kevin Ryan of Unbiased America, undocumented immigrants are skewing how congressional seats are apportioned within the U.S. House of Representatives — to the overall benefit of Democrats.
“A broader left-wing effort”
According to a report published on the Dan Bongino Show’s website, the evidence by Ryan cited suggests that California, for example, has as many as six seats that it would not have without the impact of these residents.
In response to this concern, Trump signed an executive order this week to ensure undocumented immigrants are not counted in the census for the purpose of drawing up legislative districts.
“This is all part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of Americans citizens, and I will not stand for it,” he said, according to a White House transcript.
As with similar efforts in the past, including a push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Trump’s most recent order has been met with stiff resistance from Democrats and activists groups.
“Violating the Constitution”
While the Unbiased America report shows widespread illegitimacy across congressional districts, even the more modest findings published by Pew Research show that Trump’s executive order will have a real impact on the makeup of the legislative branch.
California, Texas, and Florida each stand to lose a seat under the order, according to the report from Pew, and Alabama, Minnesota, and Ohio would each gain one.
While Trump has argued for stripping the census of those not in the country legally, Democratic officials including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have taken the opposite position.
“The Census is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined by our Founders to ensure that all people who live in the United States, regardless of citizenship, are equally counted and represented,” Pelosi said recently, according to Fox News. “Yet, by seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census, the President is violating the Constitution and the rule of law.”
Trump’s executive order acknowledged that the U.S. Constitution leaves some ambiguity regarding who should be counted in the census.
For many Americans who support his position, it only makes sense that those in the country unlawfully should not have a significant impact on America’s democracy.