REP.: U.S. Citizens Will Lose Voting Rights if Census Includes Illegals

Brooks: ‘Law-abiding states lost not only Congressional representation in Congress, they also lost electoral college votes that elect the president of the United States…’

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, testified Thursday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee to defend citizens against disenfranchisement caused by illegal aliens being included in the census.

Alabama will lose an Electoral College vote, a Congressional Representative, and federal dollars if the 2020 census counts illegal aliens for “purposes of reapportionment.”

Brooks spoke in favor of allowing the Department of Commerce to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census that would prevent some states from overrepresentation on the basis of their vast illegal alien populations.

“The inclusion of the citizenship question on the next census is not only common sense, it is a Constitutional requirement,” Brooks said in his testimony. “After the 2010 Census, illegal aliens were counted for reapportioning Congressional districts and electoral college votes. Hence, states that had fewer illegal aliens saw a shift of their political power to states that had more illegal aliens.”

Counting illegal aliens for the census rewards states such as California, New York, and North Carolina that disregard federal law.

“Law-abiding states lost not only Congressional representation in Congress, they also lost electoral college votes that elect the president of the United States,” Brook said. “I submit the citizenship power of citizens in low illegal alien count states was diluted as their Congressional seats and electoral college representation was disproportionately cut.”

Brooks joined the State of Alabama in a lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, to challenge the Census Bureau’s policy of counting illegal aliens for purposes of reapportionment.

“The counting of illegal aliens for reapportionment of political power purposes violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause by unconstitutionally diluting the representative and political power of citizens who live in low illegal alien population states,” Brooks said. “In that vein, the United States Supreme Court has consistently upheld ‘one man, one vote’ principles that prevent the dilution of a citizen’s voting rights.”

The Supreme Court will hear a case about citizenship question before the 2020 census.