Three federal judges have ruled that illegal aliens must be counted in congressional apportionment, a setback for President Trump’s administration that had sought to level the playing field in congress for states with few illegal aliens.
In July, Trump issued a memorandum to exclude illegal aliens from congressional apportionment counts. The move would ensure American citizens receive proper representation in Congress, without being minimized by apportionment counts inflated by the illegal alien population.
Congressional seats and electoral college votes are currently divided up by counting all persons in each district, including illegal aliens. This allows states such as California, New York, and Florida to receive more congressional seats and electoral college votes, while diluting political power in states with small illegal alien populations.
States such as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia are projected to lose