KFYR: Senate Republicans introduce bill making sure only US citizens are counted in Census

By Michael Anthony

Published: Jan. 26, 2024 at 1:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (KUMV) – Congress will work on a bill providing funding to overseas allies while securing the country’s southern border. Senate Republicans want to make sure the influx of undocumented immigrants doesn’t play a role in future elections.

Several Republicans, including Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-MT, introduced the “Equal Representation Act,” which would add a question to the Census verifying the person is a citizen and requiring proof. The bill also prohibits non-citizens from being counted towards congressional districts or the Electoral College.

Cramer said counting non-citizens towards redistricting efforts is concerning.

“Illegal immigrants and non-citizens can not vote, and they shouldn’t be used as pawns as Democrats redistrict in various states. Our Census of course has to count both Americans and non-Americans, but it should also distinguish between them,” said Cramer.

The bill faces challenges to be passed as it does not have any Democratic support.

The next U.S. Census is set for 2030.

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