The latest U.S. Census, which determines whether a House seat is eliminated revealed that House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) could lose her government job due to the high number of noncitizens in her district.
“For Ocasio-Cortez, a full Census count is more than a matter of making sure her district gets all the funds and services it’s due,” The City reported.
Based on the data and analysis by The Texas Tribune, The City suggested that Ocasio-Cortez’s district could be particularly vulnerable to undercount because a little over a quarter of those living there are noncitizens.
“That’s a higher percentage than any other congressional district in the state,” The City reported.
Longtime pollster Frank Luntz shared a rather harrowing reality for New York Democrats and Ocasio-Cortez, saying, “New York is expected to lose a House seat after the 2020 Census, and state Democrats are looking to draw out @AOC’s district.”
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 31, 2019
The 2020 Census is coming—and because over a quarter of those living in her district are noncitizens, Ocasio-Cortez’s district may ultimately be redrawn and she may be pushed out of her congressional seat.
New York is already on track to lose up to two congressional seats during reapportionment due to population decline and slower rate of growth, according to a December report by Election Data Services.
“Every member of Congress should be concerned about the Census,” said Jeffrey Wice, a fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law School and redistricting expert who’s a senior adviser to New York Counts 2020.