Illegal aliens will be counted in the U.S. Census Bureau’s apportionment if President Joe Biden has his way.
Biden signed an executive order on the issue after President Donald J. Trump had worked to exclude illegal aliens.
According to Biden’s order, the secretary of commerce “shall report the tabulation of total population by State that reflects the whole number of persons whose usual residence was in each State as of the designated census date in section 141(a) of title 13, United States Code, without regard to immigration status.”
These numbers determine how many United States representatives a state has. Higher population results in more seats.
A pair of executive orders signed by President Trump were upheld by the Supreme Court.
The Census Bureau had a due date of Dec. 31, 2020, but did not meet the deadline. Shortly after, the bureau stopped complying with President Trump’s orders.