Illegal immigration has been a contentious issue ever since it returned to the spotlight during the 2016 campaign. Conservatives argue for more border security and enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. Many on the left, however, favor an approach that would allow anyone to enter our country and receive a path to citizenship. As illegal immigration becomes a greater concern to the American public, the battle will likely escalate considerably in the next year.
Now that the Democrats have regained control of the House, they hope President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration by any means necessary. Democratic lawmakers have announced that they plan to investigate the reasoning behind the president’s push to have American citizens counted on the 2020 census.
Of course, the Democrats already know why conservatives wish to ask the citizenship question. So why bother investigating?
Investigating the Census Question
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told Reuters that he plans to investigate the Trump administration’s motivation behind putting the question of citizenship on the 2020 census. “There are certain things that mandate that we look at immediately,” he said. “One of them is the census because that’s right around the corner.”
Cumming went on to state that the House Oversight Committee — of which he is the chairman — must “figure out why ]the citizenship question is] there, because to be very frank with you, we have been told some untruths.” The representative did not elaborate on these supposed untruths, but his words indicate that the Democrats in Congress have a strategy when it comes to opposing the president’s agenda.
While they will never admit it publicly, the Democratic Party’s stance on illegal immigration is not one borne of compassion for people from destitute countries who wish to find a home in the United States. Rather, it seems that they are motivated by political gain. As most know, the majority of illegal immigrants come from Central and South America. Hispanics are more likely to vote for Democratic political candidates over Republicans – and that’s the reason the left insist on providing citizenship for illegals already in the country.
Still, illegal immigration could also provide Democrats with other electoral advantages that may not be as apparent to the general public. The number of representatives in the House is based on state population. The greater the number of people, the more representatives they get. Leaving off the citizenship question on the census might allow states like California to have more seats in the House of Representatives. Furthermore, it could skew presidential elections in favor of Democrats by increasing the number of electoral votes.
In an appearance on Breitbart News, Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) indicated that unlawful immigration has a tremendous effect on elections. “We’re probably in the neighborhood of about 15 million illegal aliens in America now,” he said. “15 million comes out to roughly 20 congressional seats and 20 electoral college votes.”
Conversely, if the citizenship question is put on the 2020 census, there is a decent chance that blue states could lose seats in the House along with electoral college votes. Brooks states that this is “likely to shift power away from coastal states harboring large illegal alien populations and towards middle America.”
The Democrats see Trump’s push as a dire threat to their political power at the federal level, and there can be no doubt that Cummings’ investigation is designed to derail the president’s decision. But how will they impede Trump’s objective?
The Democrats’ Plan
While nobody has a crystal ball or the power to read people’s minds, one can easily figure out how the Democrats will most likely use the investigation into the citizenship question. Based on their typical modus operandi, it’s not a stretch to conclude that the Democrats will use the probe to manufacture baseless allegations of racism. Their leaders will wax eloquent about the apparent bigotry inherent asking residents if they are American citizens.
Next, they will enlist the most left-wing court they can find and present their erroneous findings of racism. The judge will invariably rule against the White House, preventing them from including the citizenship question. Of course, the president — never one to back down from a political brawl — will fight back and the matter will likely go to the Supreme Court, where the Democrats may reap the fruits of the failure to prevent Judge Kavanaugh from being confirmed.
Needless to say, this is all just conjecture for now, but judging by the fact that the left managed to use the courts to stop Trump’s executive order on asylum seekers and their approach to the travel ban, it would not be surprising if events played out similarly. Remember, the left-leaning court’s decision on the travel ban was not based upon its constitutionality; rather, it was based on what they perceived to be Trump’s bigoted motivation behind the executive order. But will they succeed? The nation will find out soon enough.
This article was originally published on Liberty Nation.