Criminal 'Census plan would illegally redistribute House seats'

Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 8/13/2009 4:00:00 AM An immigration reform activist says she's outraged that an advocacy group for illegal immigrants is pushing for those individuals to take part in the 2010 census.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has been going door-to-door in 11 Midwestern states, passing out flyers and encouraging the Latino population to participate in the upcoming census.

Susan Tully, national field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says it is unfortunate that a large number of the Latinos that MALDEF is targeting are illegal aliens.

"We get this unbalance by counting people who have no legal right to be here and somehow claiming that this is their civil right to be counted. In fact, if you go on MALDEF's website, that's exactly what they're calling it," she points out. "They're actually counting people who have no legal presence, no legal right to be here, and taking representation away from American citizens in areas by counting illegal aliens."

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial pointed out that some states will gain more House seats than they deserve following the next census because illegal immigrants will be counted. Tully agrees that it is unfair for states in much of the Midwest that do not have as high a percentage of illegal aliens.

"They can get seats taken away from states for representation in the Midwest. And these seats are given then to places where they have huge populations of illegal aliens like California, Texas, and New York," she concludes.

Tully argues that before people are counted for the census, they should be required to show proof they are citizens or legal residents of the United States.