The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a lawsuit filed by a progressive group in conjunction with New York state that sought to block a Trump order to prevent illegal aliens from being counted in the national census.
In July 2020, the president signed a memorandum requesting, “For the purpose of the reapportionment of Representatives following the 2020 census, it is the policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
He further explains, “Many of these aliens entered the country illegally in the first place. Increasing congressional representation based on the presence of aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status would also create perverse incentives encouraging violations of Federal law.”
The American Civil Liberties Union and the State of New York sued the Trump administration seeking to reverse the measure and after first instance appeal, the case reached the Supreme Court, which decided to dismiss the lawsuit with a 6-3 vote.
In summary, the opinion of the six justices in favor of dismissing the lawsuit explains that it is difficult to know how many illegal aliens would be part of the census and what impact they would have on congressional representation.
According to Breitbart, states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia will lose congressional seats if the illegal alien population is included in the congressional apportionment.
On the opposite side are states run by Democrats with clear leftist policies such as California, Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, and Illinois that have created so-called sanctuary cities where they protect illegal alien from being deported even though among them are large numbers of criminals who commit crimes against U.S. citizens.
President Trump warns in his memo of these illegal practices, ” States adopting policies that encourage illegal aliens to enter this country and that hobble Federal efforts to enforce the immigration laws passed by the Congress should not be rewarded with greater representation in the House of Representatives.”
Today, it is estimated that there are between 11 million and 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States. The census estimates that, based on current levels of legal and illegal immigration, approximately one in six residents will be born outside the country by 2060.