Donald Trump just issued an executive order on Tuesday preventing illegal immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census count in order to prevent the redrawing of congressional districts.
This move sparked immediate outcry from leftist looking to gain yet another stronghold over right-wing challengers.
“There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, ‘I am a citizen of the United States.’ But now, the radical left is trying to erase the existence of this concept and conceal the number of illegal aliens in our country,” Trump said in a statement issued concerning the order.
“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 continued.
The order reads that for the purposes of reapportionment, “it is the policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status…to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the discretion delegated to the executive branch.”
Census counts are highly impactful to the process of allocating House seats and electoral votes, a process that Democrats are desperate to control.
“Today’s action to exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base reflects a better understanding of the Constitution and is consistent with the principles of our representative democracy,” Trump said.
“My Administration will not support giving congressional representation to aliens who enter or remain in the country unlawfully, because doing so would create perverse incentives and undermine our system of government. Just as we do not give political power to people who are here temporarily, we should not give political power to people who should not be here at all.”
Democrats are furious
Democrat politicians immediately exploded with outrage at the news, vowing to take the Trump administration to court over the matter.
Failed Presidental candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) immediately accused Trump of attempting to “rig the system,” tweeting:
It is flagrantly unconstitutional to exclude people from the Census count based on their immigration status. The Constitution requires that every person be counted. This is another attempt by Trump to use scaremongering against immigrants & rig the system.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted in response that “the Constitution’s command to count “every person” as part of the Census is not ambiguous and not optional. Trump is renewing his attacks on the Census and a fair count. We will fight this. You can too by making sure you are counted.”
The order preemptively addressed Schiff’s complaint, pointing out that the constitution “does not specifically define which persons must be included in the apportionment base. Although the Constitution requires the ‘persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed,’ to be enumerated in the census, that requirement has never been understood to include in the apportionment base every individual physically present within a State’s boundaries at the time of the census.”