Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Census to count illegal aliens

From an op-ed in the Wall St. Journal:
Next year’s census will determine the apportionment of House members and Electoral College votes for each state. To accomplish these vital constitutional purposes, the enumeration should count only citizens and persons who are legal, permanent residents. But it won’t.

Instead, the U.S. Census Bureau is set to count all persons physically present in the country—including large numbers who are here illegally. The result will unconstitutionally increase the number of representatives in some states and deprive some other states of their rightful political representation. Citizens of “loser” states should be outraged. Yet few are even aware of what’s going on.

In 1790, the first Census Act provided that the enumeration of that year would count “inhabitants” and “distinguish” various subgroups by age, sex, status as free persons, etc. Inhabitant was a term with a well-defined meaning that encompassed, as the Oxford English Dictionary expressed it, one who “is a bona fide member of a State, subject to all the requisitions of its laws, and entitled to all the privileges which they confer.” ...

Op-ed here. The authors assert that more than one in seven -- 5.6 million out of 36.2 million -- Californians are noncitizens. I suspect that the vast majority of these noncitizens are likely here illegally. California pays for their illegal alien problem in many ways. For example, the illegals typically don't pay their fair share of taxes, they use the scarce resources of the state's emergency rooms for their healthcare (with hospitals passing on the cost to taxpayers), the children of illegal aliens go to public school on the taxpayer dime, or to state colleges at in-state tuition rates. These are yet more reasons the Golden State's finances are on life support.

And now, the rest of us are going to reward California (and the other states who have large illegal alien populations) by counting illegals and giving that failed state more seats, and hence more power in Congress. Sigh.

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