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President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to issue a ruling that would keep illegal immigrant populations from being used in redistricting.
If the court rules in his favor it could have major implications on the Democrat House majority.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Trump administration will press its bid to exclude illegal aliens from the population baseline for awarding House seats on Monday in the Supreme Court, a move that would shift political clout away from states with large undocumented populations.
President Donald Trump’s July order to exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment could be one of his most consequential acts in office. States like California, where approximately 6 percent of the population is undocumented, will lose out on congressional seats and untold millions in federal funds if the administration prevails.
Blue states losing even a handful of seats would make the House’s thin Democratic majority even more precarious. Congressional analysts suggest Democrats will lose the House in 2022 on the basis of reapportionment alone, since red states with growing populations are expected to gain seats. But right-leaning states like Florida and Texas could each pick up one seat fewer as a result of the order, according to the Pew Research Center.
The Constitution and a federal statute provide that House seats are awarded based on “the whole number of persons in each state,” a key phrase in the case. In court filings, acting solicitor general Jeffrey Wall argues that phrase covers the “inhabitants” of each state. It’s reasonable to say a person who “lacks permission to be in this country” is not an inhabitant, Wall wrote, adding that the president has discretion to determine who counts as an inhabitant.
Wall also argues that the plaintiffs lack standing based on their argument that the ruling would keep illegals from answering key questions on the census. But the census ended in October and there is no more harm to be had.