Although many conservatives are applauding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for the way he is dispersing illegal immigrants around the country to sanctuary states and cities, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) says it will not be without consequences.
While moving illegal immigrants from Texas and other border states may preserve the political status quo in those states, it could wind up being a net benefit for those blue states and a loss for some red states.
During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Palmer said an influx of population could result in Alabama losing a congressional seat if blue states show gains in population eligible for congressional representation, which he says includes illegal immigrants.
"California lost a representative [after the last Census]," he said. "Illinois lost one. Michigan lost one. New York lost one. New York and California really should have lost two each. But what happens with the Census is everybody gets counted, whether they're citizens or not. People who are here, foreign students at our universities, illegals. When these folks are going to New York and Illinois and California in the next Census, let's just say, and I've heard an estimate as high as 12 million that will have come in during the first term of the Biden administration, hopefully his only term — when you consider that just say every 800,000 represents another congressional district, you're talking 12, 13, 14 more representatives that could be impacted. Alabama could lose a seat in the House because we're not going to have more than 435 House members. So, this is going to be a huge problem and a huge benefit for Democrats."
Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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