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Moore co-sponsors bill to end congressional representation for illegal immigrants

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) wants to make sure illegal immigrants are not being used to help Democrats gain more congressional seats in the future.

The congressman is cosponsoring the Equal Representation Act to stop the inclusion of illegal immigrants in the count toward congressional district apportionment and the Electoral College map.

“Only American citizens can vote, and only American citizens should be counted when determining federal representation,” Moore said. “Rewarding open border policies by diluting the voice of the American people is outrageous. I thank my colleagues, Rep. Edwards and Rep. Davidson, for their work to ensure that only American citizens get Congressional representation.”

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) sounded the alarm on the issue of illegal immigrants being counted in the Census, which would then be used for congressional representation.

“[P]olitically, when these people go to California or New York, they get counted in the next Census for determining how many representatives that state will have,” Palmer said.

“As you know New York lost a representative and California lost one. So you let 12 million people into the country illegally and they migrate to California or New York or Illinois or someplace like that, when we do they Census they’ll count them for purposes of representation, and that should not be the case.”

The Equal Representation Act would:
  • Mandate that the Census Bureau reinstate the citizenship question on the decennial census.
  • Only allow United States citizens to count toward determining the number of congressional seats, which also affects Electoral College votes in presidential elections.
  • Require public reporting of all information gathered from the citizenship question by state no later than 120 days after completion of the decennial census.

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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