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House Democrat: Census citizenship question would stunt 'political influence' of illegal immigrants [Video]

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss adding a citizenship question to the 2020 United States Census.

Claiming that the intent of the question is to “frighten people in immigrant communities” and prevent legal immigrants as well as illegal aliens from participating in the census, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called the inclusion of a citizenship question “disgusting, immoral, and hypocritical.”

“This new policy is in essence, as the ACLU warns, ‘a door-to-door government inquiry as to the citizenship status of every member of every household of the United States’ … stunting their political influence and depriving them of economic benefits,” Nadler said.

As Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz has explained, counting illegal immigrants in the census, and then drawing congressional districts to represent non-citizens, dilutes the political influence of American citizens such that states have more or fewer House representatives based on illegal alien population.

Director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies Dr. Steven A. Camarota estimated approximately 20 million non-citizens are currently living in the United States, half of whom Camarota expects would be identified in a census with a citizenship question. He confirmed in the hearing that this number, if removed from the census, would redistribute between 9 and 11 seats in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Nadler is extremely concerned about “stunting” the political influence of non-citizens, who should not have political influence in the first place.

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