The Unspoken Reason California Politicians Want More Illegal Aliens

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A larger noncitizen population boosts the power of the heavily Democratic state
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Brendan Kirby
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9 October 2017
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Our American Future
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California politicians offered many reasons last week for praising a new law making it a “sanctuary state.”
Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the bill, said that in “uncertain times for undocumented citizens* and their families” the new law provides a “measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day.”
State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León said at a news conference in Los Angeles that it would stop President Donald Trump from using state and local law enforcement officers to “tear families apart, undermine our safety, and wreak havoc on our economy.”
Left unsaid in the pronouncements related to economic concerns, compassion for the children and the desire to resist Trump was a powerful incentive for politicians in immigrant-heavy states like California — non-citizens literally increase their political influence at the expense of other states...
Each state gets seats in the House of Representatives based on its population. That decennial census counts the entire population, not just voters or even citizens. Non-citizens — even illegal immigrants — count toward the reapportionment of those 435 House districts.
According to analysis in 2013 by the Center for Immigration Studies, California would lose five House seats if the nation apportioned representatives based on eligible voters rather than the total population. The political and data site FiveThirtyEight pegged the number two years later at six.
“California has a lot of extra congressional seats that are only there because of non-citizens,” said Han von Spakovsky, manager of The Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative...
Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, said a higher census count also can mean more federal funding, in addition to greater political power...


* "Undocumented citizens"? What an Orwellian fabrication contrived from an illogical inconsistency. What utter BS.