President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday preventing illegal immigrants from being counted for the purpose of congressional redistricting.
“There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, ‘I am a citizen of the United States.’ But now, the radical left is trying to erase the existence of this concept and conceal the number of illegal aliens in our country,” Trump said in a statement.
“This is all part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of Americans citizens, and I will not stand for it.”
The executive order excluding illegal immigrants from being counted when attempting to redraw districts for seats in the House of Representatives includes an explanation.
States with large populations of illegal immigrants could gain more seats in the House if the number of illegal immigrants was included in the total giving them an illegitimate source of power.
Current estimates suggest that one State is home to more than 2.2 million illegal aliens, constituting more than 6 percent of the State’s entire population. 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.
A strict admonishment to states that use illegal immigrants to bolster representation in the House of Representatives is also included in the executive order:
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.
President Trump’s provision against Democrat election cheating is very much in the spirit of the founders, so of course, Democrats have already furiously declared that the rule will not be allowed to stand, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) attacking both Trump and the order immediately after it was signed.