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GOP: Only legal residents should be counted

GOP: Only legal residents should be counted

Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 10:17 pm
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2008 Republican platform, in language that is hostile to illegal immigrants, says the makeup of Congress should be determined by counting only those legally residing in the United States in the next census. “The integrity of the 2010 census, proportioning congressional representation among the states, must be preserved,” says the platform language, which is a reinterpretation of the Constitution that could affect how congressional seats are apportioned. “The census,” it says, “should count every person legally abiding in the United States in an actual enumeration.” The 14th Amendment of the Constitution, ratified in 1868, says representatives to the U.S. House “should be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed.” “Our mandate is to count all residents regardless of legal status,” said Mark Tolbert, a spokesman for the Census Bureau. The bureau does not ask questions about legal status. Immigration groups have put the number of illegal immigrants at up to 12 million out of a U.S. population of more than 300 million. Published in The Messenger 9.3.08

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