A U.S. congressman is calling for a constitutional amendment that would ensure only U.S. citizens are counted for apportioning House of Representative seats.

Republican Rep. Warren Davidson, who represents Ohio’s 8th District, says the Buckeye State has lost representation in recent years because states such as California have an overflowing population of illegal aliens who are counted for the apportioning process.

California has 53 seats in the U.S. Congress while Ohio has 16.

Davidson, a freshman congressman, has served since 2106 after winning a special election when John Boehner, the former Speaker, stepped down.

Davidson shared his views with immigration watchdog Federation for American Immigration Reform. He observed that liberal California would be hurt by such a plan but adds that the Left often talks about “fairness.”

Davidson predicts California could lose from five to seven seats if its population of illegals isn’t counted.

Citing a Pew Research study, the Orange County Register reported in February that there are approximately 11.1 million illegals nationwide. Most of them are clustered in 20 metropolitan areas of which three are in Southern California.

Approximately 1.4 million illegals live in Southern California – the biggest concentration in the U.S., the study found.

No cities in Ohio were included in the list of 20 cities, and its two largest cities – Columbus and Cleveland – have a combined population of approximately 1.2 million people.

“I could see rationally why (California) would say that’s not in their interest,” Davidson said. “But it is, to use one of the favorite words of the left, it’s fair. These folks can’t vote, legally anyway. They’re not U.S. citizens. And so our electoral map should reflect the population that can vote in our elections.”

Allowing illegals to be part of the apportioning process, he said, dilutes the legal representation of U.S. citizens.


Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.

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