Thanks to how our Census works, America’s population total includes non-citizen legal residents and illegal immigrants too. While neither of those two groups can vote, they’re still included when it come to determining how much representatives and federal funding each state receives.
Since illegal aliens tend to reside in a select few states that have more “sanctuary” type policies, it’s Blue States that get their representation amplified at the expense of Red States.
A Center for Immigration Studies report estimated that after the 2020 Census there will be 24 fewer seats in the House in states won by President Trump, corresponding to a loss of 24 electoral votes. To clarify since that particular report was misinterpreted, those are the cumulative effects of counting illegals as population, not the expected effects of the 2020 census specifically.
Absent intervention from activist judges, an executive order will at least prevent the problem from worsening.
As Fox News reports:
President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to prevent illegal immigrants from being counted for the purposes of re-drawing congressional districts after the 2020 census.
Trump will sign an Apportionment Memorandum on “Ensuring American Citizens Receive Proper Representation in Congress.”
A White House official said it clarifies that those in the country illegally would not be included for the redrawing process — known as apportionment — of congressional districts after the census. Census counts are used to determine the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives, the number of electors in the Electoral College and hundreds of billion dollars of federal spending.
The Supreme Court last year blocked a citizenship question from being included in the census and sent the question back to the lower courts after concluding the Trump administration’s reasoning for including such a question was insufficient. It had been opposed from Democrats and immigrant groups on the basis that it could discourage immigrants from responding.
Whatever arguments Democrats muster against this executive order, the root of their opposition will always be that more illegals is a boon to them.