From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel
NO, ILLIGAL IMMIGRANTS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE CENSUS
It is useful to start with a not-so-hypothetical possibility. Suppose that next April 1, the official counting day for the 2020 census, a caravan of 10,000 citizens of Honduras storms across the U.S. border into Texas. Their leaders proceed to proclaim intent to remain as permanent residents. According to the Census Bureau’s Residence Rule, they can immediately fill out census forms and be included in the population of Texas for purposes of determining the state’s number of House seats and Electoral College votes. Similarly, the 1 million people subject to final deportation orders who remain in this country must be counted. The bureau’s current test is whether someone resides here, regardless of legal status, and nothing in its rule excludes them. The common sense response to these conclusions is: excuse me? To which the bureau would likely reply that the Constitution requires it. Move along. Nothing to see here. The law may be an ass, per Charles Dickens, but when a result so contradicts common sense it should make us pause and take a closer look. Sure enough, there is a lot to see here, and the answer underneath it all is illuminating.
The essential question involved in this situation, does the U.S. Constitution require that illegal immigrants be counted for purposes of appointing House seats and electoral votes. The answer depends on a proper interpretation of the Constitution. Article I, Section2, Clause 3 ,as modified by the 14th Amendment, says representatives are apportioned among the states “according to their respective numbers,” as determined by “counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed.” The clause goes on to require a decennial enumeration – we know as the census. So as a matter of constitutional interpretation, does the phrase “whole number of persons in each state” include illegal immigrants? Without getting too into the weeds, the best conclusion is that it does not. In 1789 (U.S. Constitution ratified) and 1868 (the 14th Amendment ratified), the nation’s borders were open, and citizenship easily obtained, so the category “illegal alien” did not exist.
The drafters clearly wanted to extend the count beyond citizens but had no need to distinguish further. No matter your method of constitutional interpretation, however, it is hard to argue that the Constitution requires counting illegal immigrants. Instead of being added to the census, they should be subject to immediate deportation.
The Deplorable Infidel
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
Uncle Joe Biden refuses to apologize for high deportation numbers during the Obama years. Wonder just how long it will be before he does apologize. Knowing Uncle Joe, it won’t be long.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
Isn’t it about time we found Congress in contempt of The People?