Legal and Illegal Migration May Have Shielded California from Losing an Additional Congressional District

Legal and Illegal Migration May Have Shielded California from Losing an Additional Congressional District


The 2020 Census resulted in California losing a Congressional seat for the first time in its 170 year history as a state but that loss could have doubled if not for hundreds of thousands of legal and illegal migrants moving to the state.

California’s population growth is so slow-moving it would have needed almost 500,000 more people to keep the lost seat, and it could have lost a second seat had it grown by 284,400 fewer people.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the phenomenon, which noted California gained about 1 million new residents from outside the U.S. from 2010 to 2019, the year before the latest Census. In other words, without the state’s annual influx of immigrants, California could have lost even more federal representation.

The Chronicle report said:

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The main component of California’s increasing population over the last decade has been the natural increase from the number of

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