Among the widely debated issues swirling around this year’s national census was whether congressional apportionment counts should include the population of undocumented immigrants.
But according to Breitbart, a recent Rasmussen poll shows that roughly 70% of Americans side with President Donald Trump and do not want those in the country illegally to count toward legislative representation.
Across party and racial lines
Due to the large number of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S., the outcome of this debate could have significant impacts on states and communities nationwide.
Many Democrats want to include these individuals when calculating representation in Congress, though GOP critics say this is because many reside in Democratic-led cities and states. Counting them in the congressional apportionment process would mean, therefore, that Democrats would see an advantage in the House.
Rasmussen pollsters found that a clear majority of respondents do not want to see this happen. In fact, the trend continued across various demographic lines.
Broken down by race, 72% of white respondents do not want to count undocumented immigrants, compared to 67% of Black respondents and 57% of Hispanic respondents, according to Breitbart.
Beyond merely counting them for congressional purposes, voters are also generally opposed to including them in census numbers at all. According to the results, 52% of Republicans want to include only citizens. A majority of both Democrats and independents want undocumented immigrants eliminated from the decennial count.
“Two or three more congressional seats”
In a memorandum signed last month, President Donald Trump sought to prevent those in the nation illegally from being counted when officials recalculate congressional districts.
“Including these illegal aliens in the population of the state for the purpose of apportionment could result in the allocation of two or three more congressional seats than would otherwise be allocated,” the presidential memo stated, according to Reuters.
As with most of Trump’s immigration proclamations, however, it was met with harsh criticism from Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
According to Reuters, she called the memo “unlawful” and “designed to again inject fear and distrust into vulnerable and traditionally undercounted communities, while sowing chaos with the Census.”
Of course, lawmakers are elected to represent the will of the people. As the latest poll numbers show, a clear majority of voters say they do not want undocumented immigrants counted toward congressional representation.