By Brendan Clarey – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines
Amidst the focus on the Senate’s version of Obamacare “repeal and reform,” Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) introduced legislation Wednesday that would change the look of electoral maps and Congressional representation by recognizing only American citizens.
Currently electoral maps define “persons” as meaning citizens, noncitizens and aliens. Davidson’s bill would only count citizens for representation in the Electoral College and for Congressional redistricting and apportionment purposes.
“American citizens give away a little more sovereignty with every Census,” said Rep. Davidson in a press release. “With the widespread disregard of the rule of law with regard to immigration, the vision of the founding fathers is in jeopardy. The Fair Representation Amendment would restore fair representation to the states by ensuring each citizen’s vote has equal value.”
Davidson pointed out that those from other countries should not have representation in the American government.
“People here illegally are represented by their home country embassies, not by Congress,” he said. “Unfortunately, that is not currently how the electoral maps are drawn.”
The Federation for American Immigration Reform supports the bill. The organization’s president sent a letter to Rep. Davidson thanking him on behalf of the people he represents.
“On behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) nearly 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide, I am writing to thank you for introducing the Fair Representation Amendment. If enacted, it would amend the Constitution to ensure that only U.S. citizens are counted for purposes of apportioning House seats amongst the states,” Stein writes in the letter.
“Because illegal aliens should not even be in the country, and other nonimmigrants such as foreign students and guest workers are here only temporarily, it makes no sense to distribute Congressional seats as if these foreign nationals are entitled to the same representation as American citizens,” Stein says in the letter. “In effect, the current system rewards states that have large populations of illegal aliens with more Congressional seats.”
The amendment will require a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate and ratification from at least 38 states in order to become law.