Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is urging illegal immigrants to participate in the 2020 census.
During an interview with "Late Night" host Seth Myers, the New York Democrat said that "every single person, no matter your documentation status" should complete the census.
"We're all going to get census forms— we're gonna get mailed a prompt to fill out the census in the next two weeks or so," Ocasio-Cortez said. "And so I think what's really important is that we all fill this out. It happens once every 10 years."
"Every single person, no matter your documentation status, no matter your housing status, income, etc., is to be counted," she explained.
She further explained that data collected in the once-per-decade census is used to determine apportionment of federal funds as well as how many members of Congress each state is allotted, which also has Electoral College implications.
"Your census data is not shared with any other federal agency at all," she said. "So don't worry if you're having a creative living situation, it's not going to be told to your landlord or anything crazy like that."
It is true that the Census does not collect data on citizenship. President Donald Trump attempted to re-add the question to the census, but the effort was blocked by the Supreme Court last year.
However, because congressional apportionment is based on census data, illegal immigration can have a drastic effect on power dynamics in Washington. That means states with higher illegal immigrant populations — like California, Texas, and New York — will be positively impacted by continued illegal immigration.
In fact, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that non-citizens and their U.S. born children, which includes legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, will redistribute 10 congressional seats: California will gain four, Texas will gain three, while New York, Florida, and New Jersey each gain one.
Specifically, CIS estimates that illegal immigrants and their children will be responsible for redistributing five congressional seats: California and Texas each gain two, while New York gains one.
The U.S. Census Bureau will begin distributing census invitations next week.