Illegal Aliens To Have Big Effect On Census And Reapportionment

<p>Census 2010 is on the way, and a new report is warning that the high concentration of illegal immigrants in the South and West will skew counts and unfairly reapportion more congressional seats to states with more undocumented people.</p>
October 3, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Border states in America's South and West are battlegrounds in the debate over illegal immigration, but when it's time to pass out seats in Congress, they are beneficiaries as well, a new study says."

"Because of their large populations of undocumented residents, Texas and Arizona will each get one extra seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 Census, the Connecticut State Data Center projects in a report being released today. California will keep two seats it otherwise would have lost."

"Overall, the South and West each stand to gain five seats in the House, the center at the University of Connecticut says. If it weren't for their populations of illegal immigrants, each of these regions would gain only three."

"As the 2010 Census approaches, attention is turning to the issue of whether it's fair to continue counting illegal immigrants."

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Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in The Hartford Courant
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