Wicker: "Census Could Cost Mississippi"

Could Mississippi lose another seat in Congress? Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said it's a possibility.

Speaking to reporters in the state Thursday, Wicker said statistics from the 2000 Census showed states like California counted illegal immigrants as citizens. He said it could happen again, with even more illegal immigration during the past decade.

"When it comes to reapportionment of our Congressional seats, when it comes to deciding how the electoral college is going to be allocated, how many seats Mississippi will have in the House of Representatives, how many votes we will have in the presidential election every four years, we need to count citizens and citizens only," said Wicker.

Mississippi, Indiana, and Michigan lost a seat in Congress based on the 2000 Census.

Wicker is supporting a Senate amendment to add the question, "Are you a U.S. citizen?" to census forms that will go out in March 2010.

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