After realizing that former President Barack Obama installed a loophole when he first took office that allowed liberal states to shield millions of illegal immigrants to reshape state Legislatures for Democrats, President Donald Trump is making a big change.
Democrats fear that the Trump administration’s plan to reinstate citizenship questions on the 2020 U.S. Census will cost them a seat in California and billions in funding from the federal government.
With their decision to officially become a Sanctuary State, Californian is shielding roughly 2.3 million illegal immigrants, and the Trump administration is looking to tackle that issue aggressively.
In 1911, the number of U.S. House of Representative seats was permanently set at 435, meaning all 50 states have at least one Representative. Other Representatives are allocated based on population figures determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.
Last month, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Census Bureau asking that citizenship questions eliminated in 2010 under Obama be reinstated for the 2020 Census.
“This data is critical to the Department’s enforcement of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and its important protections against racial discrimination in voting,” DOJ General Counsel Arthur E. Gary wrote.”To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected.”
The DOJ argues the Census Bureau’s “rolling and aggregated into one-year, three-year, and five-year estimates” is harmful because it doesn’t reflect the true “citizen voting age population” in the year 2020.
By including the question on whether an immigrant is in the U.S. legally or illegally, the Trump administration will be able to not only hand that information over to federal agencies, but it will greatly reduce the populations in left-leaning districts in blue states.
Many top Democrats are freaking out about this, including California Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown as he prepares for the likelihood that California could have a Republican in the Legislature for the first time in state history.
On Wednesday, Brown proposed allocating more than $40 million from the state’s own census-related outreach programs to ensure they don’t lose a seat.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the Trump administration’s goal of adding whether immigrants are in the country legally or illegally could have “devastating effects” on the state.
“The citizenship question is just the latest red flag — maybe one of the biggest — but just the latest red flag,” Padilla said.
If the Trump administration includes these major questions in the 2020 consensus, Republicans will likely pick up at least one seat in North Carolina, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New York, Illinois, Texas, and West Virginia.