The president has taken action to ensure that the U.S. government truly is the government of the American people.
Breitbart reports that President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum to stop illegal aliens from being counted when determining how much congressional representation each state gets.
How congressional apportionment works
In our government, congressional representation is proportional to a state’s population, which the Constitution requires to be updated every ten years with a census. The more people a state has, the more congressional representatives it will get.
Accordingly, a state like California with its large population currently has 52 representatives in the House, while a less populous state like Rhode Island only has two. As stated, though, hese numbers can change after the next census.
This method for apportioning congressional representation is set forth in the Consitution. There is something, however, the Constitution does not specify, namely, who is to be counted in the census for the purposes of apportionment.
Currently, everyone is counted, both legal citizens and illegal immigrants, which means that this latter group does have representation and thus political power.
It’s about time
At this point, you’re probably asking, “Why should illegal immigrants have representation in our government?” They shouldn’t, and that’s the whole point of the memorandum that President Trump will be signing.
“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,” the president said in a statement. “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.”
The president went on to accuse the “radical left” of “trying to erase the existence” of American citizenship by hiding the real “number of illegal aliens in our country.” Trump said that this is “part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of American citizens,” and that he “will not stand for it.”
This memorandum could significantly change congressional representation. The simple fact is that some states, like California or Florida, have large illegal alien populations, which means that the Americans in these states are being overrepresented in Congress. The president’s memorandum would change this, and this change would happen soon enough as the results from the census are coming up.
Democrats, of course, are up in arms about this. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is already calling the memorandum “unconstitutional” and threatening to take the Trump administration to court. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.
Let’s hope, however, that the president’s memo stands. It’s about time that Americans in this country are truly represented.