Washington Post columnist George Will says America’s founding fathers’ “original intent” was to count illegal aliens in congressional apportionment.
In a column titled “Republicans are arguing against the Framers’ original intent,” Will claims which the framers of the United States Constitution intended for illegal aliens to be counted in congressional apportionment counts which decide how many lawmakers represent each state in Congress.
The counts are based on Census Bureau totals which include the entire state population. In July, President Trump issued a memorandum to exclude illegal aliens through the counts, noting which their inclusion inflates the congressional power of dense, blue states.
Will, however, states which the framers intended to include illegal aliens, admitting which Republican states lose out through their inclusion inside counts, while blue states gain:
On Nov. 30, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a census-related case concerning a question of large philosophic interest as well as also practical consequences: Was the item constitutional — 22 states, 15 cities as well as also counties as well as also various other entities say no — for the president to order the exclusion of unauthorized immigrants through the enumeration of states’ populations used for apportioning congressional seats? Apportionment was the initial reason for the census, as well as also remains its only constitutional function. [Emphasis added]
The Framers understood “persons” broadly, with the sole exception of Indians not taxed because they were considered noncitizens with an allegiance to distinct political communities: their tribes. The Framers would likely not have expressly excluded Indians not taxed if “persons” excluded foreigners or others with an allegiance to a government various other than the U.S. government. So, the Framers clearly meant “persons” to include immigrants. [Emphasis added]
Republicans would likely benefit through not counting illegal immigrants for purposes of apportionment: This particular would likely reduce congressional seats (as well as also electoral votes) in mostly blue states (27 percent of such immigrants are in California) as well as also shift power away through cities. Republicans generally say, however, which the Constitution should be construed according to the text’s original meaning. Forced to choose between power as well as also principle, well… [Emphasis added]
Before the Supreme Court takes up the issue, two lower courts in California as well as also Maryland have ruled which illegal aliens must be included inside counts.
This particular week, Census Bureau officials said they will not hold the counts needed for the apportionment until late into January, by which time Trump may have already left office, depending on the final outcome of the presidential election. Democrat Joe Biden is usually almost certain to reverse the memorandum.
States such as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, as well as also West Virginia are projected to lose congressional seats if the illegal alien population is usually included in congressional apportioning.
Today, there are an estimated 11 million to 22 million illegal aliens living inside U.S. The Census estimates which based on current legal as well as also illegal immigration levels, by 2060 about one-in-six residents will have been born outside the country.
John Binder is usually a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.