The process of “apportionment” is used to determine House Representation and Electoral College votes by counting identified people within a region in order to form a House District. It is apportionment of House Seats and Electoral College votes that drives the Left on both illegal and muslim immigration. And it is apportionment which must be changed to settle the immigration debates. This will require amending the Constitution, which the GOP finds itself in a better position to do than we have in nearly a century.
Immigrants predominantly come from “big government” countries and so vote the American “big government” party, and for the party of welfare because Congressmen/women of both parties ignore the law to let them come without regard to the prohibition on immigrants being a drain on the public treasury. These immigrants settle in metros, turning suburban, exurban and rural Red seats and votes to metro Blue.
The Evil Party grasps this – the Stupid Party does not.
(If you think the Left imports immigrants (or ‘refugees’) out of empathy, take a look at their ghettos, schools, economies, neighborhoods, un-policed crime, etc. The Left only wants bodies for apportionment – for power. That is all. Democrats feel about immigrants as abolitionist Northerners did about Blacks after the Civil War: They must be un-oppressed, but they must not be allowed near our cities, neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, trains, drinking fountains… )
Because the Constitution leaves “the times, manner and places of elections” to the States in Article 1, and because no federal laws exist regarding apportionment, this is a difficult problem to fix. States are in-charge of elections – and apportionment – and no incentive exists for Blue States to apportion via citizenship; they are, in fact, incented to the opposite.
SCOTUS held in 2016 (Evenwell), that TX could not apportion Seats and Electoral College Votes based on counting only voters, but must do so based on total population – BUT, and this is a big “but” – that was because neither TX State law nor TX Constitution required citizenship for apportionment. The Evenwell decision held that States “may” – not “must” – apportion based on total population, up to the States: “We hold, based on constitutional history, this Court’s decisions, and longstanding practice, that a State may draw its legislative districts based on total population.” (emphasis mine) In Burns v Richardson (1966; and quoted in Evenwell), SCOTUS held that Hawaii may apportion based on voter population alone.
Theoretically, each State could change apportionment to count only voters. A Blue State would never do this as it would result in the loss of representation in the House, and of Electoral College votes by not counting millions of non-citizens as they are not legal voters (illegals, Permanent Residents, etc.). A Red State never would, as it would turn yet more power over to Blue States not making this change.
With the overturning of States Rights (the foundation of the American government) by Lincoln, the rejection of the 10th Amendment by the Court in many and varied holdings improperly accepted by Governors ever since, with the popularization of the Senate vote after the Progressive 17th Amendment, with SCOTUS holding against VoterID (and governors not rejecting this holding as the Constitutional overreach it was; the 14th Amendment provides the only federal remedy to deal with State elections), it may be time to admit that elections have become in large part national, and amend the Constitution for both VoterID and to count only voters in apportionment. (It also may be a good idea to make citizenship a Constitutional requirement for voting in national elections; it is not now (Article 1), which leads to the nonsensical Motor Voter legislation, and to voting by illegal voters whom Blue States have a distinct disincentive to police.)
Yes, this “removes” some authority from the States. By bending over for SCOTUS for generations, however, this will be a de jure acceptance of de facto reality. It is time to change the “manner” of elections, and to do so on a national basis. It is time for voters – citizens – to demand the Government represent us, not illegal immigrants and other non-citizens.
Or the immigration debates will never cease and the law, no matter what it becomes, will never be enforced.