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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  • by Michael Location: Lauderdale County on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    The Constitution calls for an actual enumeration of each states population every 10 years. The only exclusion called for in the The Constitution are Indians, not taxed. Until the end of slavery and the addition of the 14th Amendment slaves, who were non citizens at the time, were counted as 3/5 of a person in the census. This added to the representation in southern slave states for owning non citizens. Roger Wicker doesn't want non citizens in other states counted because he not only would like to decrease their representation, but also decrease the amount of money going to those states from the federal government. It is interesting that he mentioned California, since there are more federal dollars collected in California than spent. Mississippi actually receives more in federal dollars than it contributes. Mr. Wicker's position is purely a political one. If Mississippi were gaining numbers in the census he would be fine with it.
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