Thursday, June 16, 2005

Illegal Aliens & the House of Representatives

I just heard a very interesting assertion in an interview with Congresswoman Miller of Michigan. She said that if illegal aliens WERE NOT counted for the purposes of determining Congressional districts, then California would have 6 fewer Congressional seats. Huh? Do we count illegal aliens when we determine Congressional districts? Apparently we do. Congresswoman Miller proposes that we amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to change "persons" to "citizens" in determining Congressional representation.

I wonder if counting illegal aliens has something to do with so many of our elected representatives in Washington having little interest in actually closing our border with Mexico? I would like to change the incentives they see with respect to illegal immigration, and I suspect not counting illegal aliens would help do that. Should we count illegal aliens or not, when we determine Congressional representation?

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