Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapportionment.
Top Democrats here are increasingly worried the administration’s restrictive policies — and the potential inclusion of a question about citizenship on the next U.S. census — could scare whole swaths of California’s large immigrant population away from participating in the decennial count, resulting in an undercount that could cost the state billions of dollars in federal funding over the next decade and, perhaps, the loss of one of its 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The fears are well-founded: According to the population formula used by Congress to distribute House seats every 10 years, California is currently on the bubble in 2020, on the verge of losing a seat for the first time in its history.
Such a crime, to ask peope in a census if they are citizens.
Meantime, as some in California push for seceding from the union – not sure I’d fight the Civil War again over that one – others in the rural counties of California want to secede from the state and create “New California,” leaving the coast on its own.
California, the secessionists say, violates both the federal constitution and its own, ruling as a tyranny.