Paul  Weyrich

I received a call from a long time friend from California. To say the least he was not in a happy mood. "Is anyone back there discussing the impact of immigration on reapportionment?" he asked me. My friend is former State Senator Bill Richardson, who served 24 years in the California Legislature. He is also the Chairman of Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners of California. He left the Legislature to become more effective with Gun Owners. Run by Larry Pratt in Washington, Gun Owners has become one of the most effective lobbies in Washington.

Richardson writes for his own website:

"They [Democrats] benefit from the flood of illegal immigrants-not only from the possibility that they may someday register to vote as Democrats -- BUT THE DEFINITE IMPACT THEY HAVE ON THE CENSUS.

The Democrats' dirty little secret is knowing how to use illegal aliens, although NOT registered to vote, to help them elect a disproportionate number of left wing Democrats to office.

Few know that reapportionment of legislative districts is based on census data, i.e. the body count, NOT registered voters. The law requires approximately the same number of people (men, women, children and babies) living with-in the boundaries of each district.

Illegal aliens, out of necessity and for cover, gravitate to population centers, where they can mingle with those who speak their language. Therefore they enlarge the ranks of the Mexican American population. Like African Americans, not a high percentage of Mexican American register to vote, leaving an opportunity for a small body of left wing activists inside the Mexican area to run for office with financial help from outside left-wing liberals.

As an example, imagine a border state X with a census count of 2,000,000 of which 20% are illegal aliens (400,000). According to law each state Senate district should have 100,000 people living in it. In state X out of the population of two million, including illegal aliens, only a million can vote legally, because they bother to register to vote. The state's registered voters are half Democrat and half Republican. One could assume that in a normal election all the seats would be competitive with either party having a chance to control the legislature.

However, look at what could happen if liberal Democrats are in control of the Committee responsible for reapportioning state X. Using just three districts as an example, see what can happen with an abundance of illegal aliens:

Population (D) (R) illegal aliens/unregistered citizens

District 1. 100,000 20,000 5,000 75,000

District 2 100,000 30,000 10,000 60,000

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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