Illegal immigrants account for up to 22 seats in the House thanks to Biden’s exec order, experts warn5

The never-ending influx of criminal illegal aliens across the southern border could significantly impact states’ representation in the House and Electoral College, according to critics.

The problem is a law that President Joe Biden, a rabid Democrat, signed into law in January of 2021 that forces the U.S. Census Bureau to factor in all residents, including illegals when measuring the census.

“As a result, the apportionment of House seats and, therefore, electoral votes for presidential elections, could be swayed as migrants continue to pour over the southern border,” Fox News notes.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, is particularly worried about this.

“Illegal immigration has all kinds of effects and among them is that it distorts the mechanics of democratic government,” he told Fox News. “Illegal immigrants aren’t even supposed to be here, so their inclusion in the census count for purposes of apportionment really is outrageous.”

“There are a lot of close votes in Congress, more than there used to be. So, it can, in fact, make a difference. It shouldn’t be a question of: Does this give you personally more influence in Washington? The question should be: Is it right? Is it healthy for our democratic process to be distorted this way? The answer is no,” he added.

Just how bad is the current problem?

Well, there were at least 16.8 million illegal aliens living in America as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. And since every seat accounts for 761,168 residents, that means illegal aliens account for a whopping 22 House seats.

The ramifications of this are massive, especially when you factor in just how few residents it sometimes takes to make a difference.

Case in point via Fox News: “[T]he most recent census, which was conducted in 2020, reduced the number of House seats apportioned to New York from 27 to 26. The state … would have needed just 89 more residents to maintain its previous apportionment.”

Also of importance is the fact that Electoral College votes are distributed to the states based on the state’s number of House representatives.

“Therefore, a state with a larger number of House seats has greater influence during presidential elections every four years,” Fox News notes.

Lora Ries, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Border Security and Immigration Center, is also worried about this.

“It doesn’t get enough attention, and with millions coming in right now, it deserves a bright, hot spotlight,” she told Fox News.

She and R.J. Hauman, the president of the Immigration Center For Enforcement, recently tried to draw attention to this phenomenon in an essay they penned for the Heritage Foundation.

“Barring the Census from including noncitizens in apportionment is critical in making sure that American citizens — the only population who can and should vote in U.S. elections — are picking America’s leaders,” they wrote.

“Biden’s intentional border crisis has produced unprecedented apportionment issues, distorting the representation that states have in the House, and how many electoral votes they have in presidential elections,” they added.

Ries and Hauman further argued that banning the Census Bureau from including criminal illegal aliens in its counts would, at the very least, “help discourage sanctuary policies” that blue cities have used to “keep their populations [artificially] high.”

A ban would also ensure “that only American citizens will shape our political landscape and pick future leaders,” the two wrote.

In their essay, the two also called for Congress to pass the Equal Representation Act, a bill that’d require the Census Bureau to add a citizenship question to the census.

“It is unconscionable that illegal immigrants and noncitizens are counted toward congressional district apportionment and our electoral map,” Sen. Bill Hagerty, the bill’s architect, told FoxNews.

“While people continue to flee Democrat-run cities, desperate Democrats are back-filling the mass exodus with illegal immigrants so that they do not lose their seats in Congress and maintain electoral votes for the presidency and hence artificially boost their political power, which in turn dilutes the power of other Americans’ votes,” he added.

The introduction of Hagerty’s bill comes after former President Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to add a citizenship question to the census during his presidency, only to have Democrats and left-wing activist groups cry foul and file suit against him.

Vivek Saxena

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