Who Represents Illegal Aliens? (2008)

Executive Summary

Most Americans do not realize that illegal immigrants are also represented by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. How can that be? It is because by interpretation of statute1 the constituency of Representatives is based not just on the number of citizens but also on non-citizen foreigners residing in the United States, including illegal alien residents. This practice results in granting illegal aliens and other non-citizens equal weight with citizens in their electoral representation.

Rather than apportioning congressional seats among the states on the basis of the full count of the decennial Census, a more logical distribution would be on the basis of the number of native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens. If this were done, states with large numbers of illegal aliens and other non-citizens would lose seats to states that have a higher share of citizens.

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September 2008