Reapportionment, Rotten Boroughs, And Immigration
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Michael Williams posted an item saying "As I pointed out in July, illegal immigrants distort our political system even when they don't vote illegally.'"

Illegals could cost congressional seats

Published: 2, 2007 at 3:42 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) — U.S. states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could receive additional seats in Congress after the 2010 census is conducted.

A University of Connecticut study concluded Arizona, Texas and Florida could all see their House delegations increase due to rising populations that include sizable numbers of illegal immigrants.

He also writes "Expect to hear more about this now that illegal immigration is a national issue and we're getting closer to reapportionment."

This was one of the first things I posted about on, and it applies to legal immigration as well—the size of your state's Congressional delegation, and your share of the Electoral College vote depends on the population of your state, whether or not they're American citizens.

Here's what Fred Siegel wrote, in The Future Once Happened Here, , a book about the decline of cities:

Most Latino pols in L.A. are classic ethnic operatives - with a twist. What's different is most represent "rotten boroughs," districts where, because of recent immigration and the youth of the average Latino, the percentage of voters in the total population is tiny. This means that the real voting base is that small fraction of the population already eligible to vote and sometimes directly dependant on government employment programs. In practice this means that Latino-elected officials, like county commissioner Gloria Molina and City Councilman Richard Alarcon, support the failed bilingual education programs for the same patronage reasons they oppose charter school reform. Their support is based on getting their group's cut of the local government and social service jobs.

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