There are many reasons for the U.S. Census every 10 years (“Sabotaged Census: Citizenship question guarantees undercount,” March 27). The foremost purpose is the reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives’ 435 seats.
As a result of the 2010 Census, Washington state, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina gained one seat each in the House while Texas gained four seats and Florida two seats.This did not occur without consequence. Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Massachusetts lost one seat each, and Ohio, New York each lost two seats each, while all other states remained the same.
With that being said, the 2010 Census is what triggered the last “reapportionment” of the House based on a “head count” and not of legal residents, as the citizenship question was removed by the previous administration.This process seems so lopsided when you consider that California currently has 53 seats based on a population that has 2.6 million undocumented residents or 7 percent of its total population.The formula for reapportionment favors states that are considered sanctuaries for illegal residents at the expense of states that follow immigration laws and cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
It is no wonder California has an “open border” policy toward undocumented immigrants, as it results is a greater representation in Congress and more federal funding for programs. I guess all states will soon enter into the sanctuary state swindle to get in on the Congressional seat reapportionment game that California seems to have perfected. Maryland has a proposed bill that will move us toward sanctuary status. Remember, it’s always about power and money!
R. Gary Strebeck, Middle River
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