Lawmakers don’t want illegal immigrants factored into census
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Michigan Republican Representative Candice Miller says the Census unfairly favors states like California.
Miller: "There are some in Southern California where forty, fifty percent of the people that live in their districts are not even U.S. Citizens."
Inspired by Michigan losing a House seat in 2000, Miller proposed an amendment to the constitution to only count legal U.S. citizens. But southern California Republican Congressman Darrel Issa opposes the measure.
Issa: "The fair distribution would include all people regardless of their status."
Issa says ultimately he wants to curb illegal immigration, but he says all people should be counted since they consume services of the state. From Capitol Hill, Jill Morrison, KPBS News.
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