If President Donald Trump’s new executive order stands up to legal scrutiny, it could end up being one of the most significant moves of his presidency. On Tuesday, Trump issued an order that will forbid illegal aliens from being counted in the census for the purpose of divvying up congressional representation. This will mean that (almost exclusively) Democrat-majority districts could immediately lose funding and representation on Capitol Hill, seeing as how many of them depend on the illegal alien population to make up their numbers.
“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 a lawful immigration status,” the order says. “Excluding these illegal aliens from the apportionment base is more consonant with the principles of representative democracy underpinning our system of Government.”
It’s not too surprising that the order makes mention of California – if only by implication: “One State is home is more than 2.2 million illegal aliens. 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.”
And don’t Democrats know it!
“There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, ‘I am a citizen of the United States,'” Trump said in a statement. “But now, the radical left is trying to erase the existence of this concept and conceal the number of illegal aliens in our country. This is all part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of Americans citizens, and I will not stand for it.”
You’ll not be surprised that the Democrats of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are pushing back hard on the order.
“Trump’s strategy to scare immigrants from taking part in the Census is unlawful; it will not stand in the courts and he knows it,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA). “This executive order is the action of a racist, misguided, and troubled president who continues to make unconstitutional attacks on hard-working immigrants in this country to distract from his failure as a leader.”
Sounds like someone’s worried that his seat in Congress might suddenly vanish if we went back to simply counting American citizens instead of every family that jumped the fence. Don’t fret, Tony: The left will always have jobs for those willing to flout U.S. law for the sake of advancing the Democratic Party’s agenda. You’ll land on your feet.