(PresidentialWire.com)- President Donald Trump announced this week that he will sign an executive order that stops illegal aliens – people living in the United States illegally and avoiding the authorities so that they are not deported – from reporting on the national census. In a normal world it would be completely uncontroversial as these people are literally criminals, but for the Democrats, it’s something worth fighting over.
California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom lost it on Tuesday when he slammed the president for pushing forward with the order, claiming that is a breach of the principles of the Constitution. He didn’t offer a good explanation of how.
“Counting every person in our country through the Census is a principle so foundational that it is written into our Constitution,” he said. “This latest action by the administration to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representation in Congress, rooted in racism and xenophobia, is a blatant attack on our institutions and neighbors.”
Every ten years, the United States government performs a census to find out just how many people are living in the United States and to learn about the demographics of the nation. It’s an important exercise for many reasons, one of which being congressional apportioning. It helps define borders between districts and constituencies, which slowly change over time.
So what exactly is Newsom’s point? Illegal aliens shouldn’t be voting, as voting is a right reserved only for American citizens.
President Trump has said that his executive order would stop illegal aliens from responding to the census and therefore affecting the appointment base after the 2020 census takes place. It hasn’t just sparked controversy among Democrats who desperately want illegal immigrants to get voting rights, but has prompted questions about its legality…among people who also want illegal aliens to get voting rights.
“The discretion delegated to the executive branch to determine who qualifies as an ‘inhabitant’ includes authority to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in lawful immigration status,” Trump’s memorandum explains. “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…Excluding these illegal aliens from the apportionment base is more consonant with the principled of representative democracy underpinning our system of government.”
Is there any good argument for allowing illegal aliens, who are criminals without voting rights, to help determine boundary decisions for future elections?