Trump signs order to prevent illegal immigrants from being counted in redrawing of voting districts


A memorandum was signed by President Trump tuesday that ordered voting districts to exclude persons that are living in the US illegally from their population count during the next district redrawing, which is scheduled to occur in 2021. This order caused immediate backlash from the left, who claim the order is unconstitutional, and praise from the right, who claim that the order must be acted upon to ensure Democrats do not “steal” extra congressional seats off the backs of illegal aliens (Fox). ~

According to the Constitution, representation in Congress must be re-divided among states based on a population count of every person residing in the country every 10 years. However, the Constitution, Trump wrote in his memo, does not define “which persons must be included in the apportionment base.” He furthermore stated that “Excluding these illegal aliens from the apportionment base is more consonant with the principles of representative democracy underpinning our system of Government. Affording congressional representation, and therefore formal political influence, to States on account of the presence within their borders of aliens who have not followed the steps to secure a lawful immigration status under our laws undermines those principles.” ~

Critics of the order call it a constitutional “long-shot”, as the US Constitution mandates that congressional districts must be based on the “whole number of persons” in an area, with no mention of citizenship. Trump countered this measure, saying that the word “persons”, “has never been understood to include … every individual physically present within a state’s boundaries.” New York Attorney General Letitia James, who was a part of a group of states that challenged Trump’s addition of a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 Census, which was rejected by the Supreme Court in June of 2019, was one of many to threaten the President with legal action. “We will continue to lead this fight because we will not allow the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies to tip the balance of power in the nation,” she said in a statement. Trump’s executive order will likely be held up in courts in upcoming months. ~


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