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Analysis reveals driving out undocumented immigrants doesn’t bode well for congressional representation

LatinaLista — It seems there is a flipside to driving undocumented immigrants out of your state.

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In the past two years, there has been an irrational vengeance by some state legislators to drive undocumented immigrants out of their states. It didn’t matter that these migrants were the main workers in industries that had little appeal to the average American worker, regardless of salary increase, or that these migrants were the only ones keeping Small Towns USA still on the map.

It didn’t matter that these same migrants were paying taxes every time they bought food, gas, clothes, furniture, etc. It didn’t matter.

All that mattered for these state legislators was to drive out a demographic labeled criminals by a faction who thrive on distorting information to create a false impression of a group of people who are impacting this country in ways that these critics don’t like.

What critics of undocumented immigrants didn’t count on was that these people had little interest in returning to their home countries, especially if they have children born here.

So, rather than stay and be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and subjecting their friends and legal family members to the same (as in Oklahoma where it has become illegal for anyone to knowingly transport an undocumented immigrant), these migrants have left those states and just moved to other regions of the country where state legislatures aren’t as punitive.

Of course, the punitive states have said, “Good riddance.” However, preliminary reports predicting the results of the 2010 US Census count shows that driving out undocumented immigrants doesn’t bode well for congressional representation in Washington.

In a report by America’s Voice titled “The New Constituents: How Latino Population Growth will Shape Congressional Apportionment After the 2010 Census,” it was found by using existing Census data on state populations, voter registration, and voter turnout from 2000 to 2008 that Texas (+4), Arizona (+2), Florida (+1), Georgia (+1), Nevada (+1), Oregon (+1), South Carolina (+1), and Utah (+1) will all gain House seats.

Yet, Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina are among some of the most punitive states for undocumented immigrants whose laws have succeeded in driving undocumented immigrants out in just the last year.

As a result, despite the findings of the report, the possibility exists that these three states and others that have succeeded in passing punitive laws will not see a gain in House seats but may lose some.

This point is brought home in a news report by the Dallas NBC affiliate that found undocumented immigrants being driven out of Oklahoma and other states have made their way to Texas.

While there is no way to know how many illegal immigrants have come to Texas from other states, experts say the number may top 1 million.

It goes without saying that a million people, or more, impacts the Census count.

This isn’t an argument to keep from counting undocumented immigrants. It is imperative to know how many people are residing in our country in any given time.

Rather, what this shows is that the narrow minded fear that motivated these punitive actions in states like Oklahoma, Arizona and the rest actually do nothing to make those states safer, their economies stronger or their voices heard in the one legislature where it does count to have as many representatives as possible.

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  • David O. Garcia
    November 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I suppose these unenlightened states will not benefit by the immigrant’s hard labor. What they don’t sow will not be reaped.

  • Grandma
    November 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    (as in Oklahoma where it has become illegal for anyone to knowingly transport an undocumented immigrant)
    According to Federal law, it’s illegal for anyone to knowing transport an illegal alien IN ANY STATE. You make it sound like this is a law only in Oklahoma.
    By the way, I am totally opposed to illegal aliens being counted in the 2010 census. They are not citizens, they are here illegally, and they should not be taken into consideration when it comes to congressional representation. Of course, you will now call me racist.

  • Linda Amesty
    November 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Really, “In the past two years, there has been an irrational vengeance by some state legislators to drive undocumented immigrants out of their states”
    Irrational? I lived in Virginia and the illegals were devastating neighborhoods.
    We had increases in crime. Prostitution. Gangs. Trash on the streets. Homes converted to slum houses. Petty theft.
    It goes on.
    I don’t think it was irrational to want to remove these elements.

  • Marisa Treviño
    November 21, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Linda “Amesty,” Your comment exhibits a very common rationale, if that’s what it can be called, to blame everything bad in a city or town on the undocumented. Why is that? The idea that they are running prostitution rings and gangs is extremely hard to believe. And you talk about running down the neighborhood with trash and homes converted to slum houses. Well, if that is the case, and I don’t know, then it’s up to the local officials to educate everyone who is doing that – and not just the undocumented – who don’t know how to take care of a homestead.
    It’s very easy to blame people you don’t like for the things that are going wrong or are bad in a city but it’s quite another for it to be true.

  • cookie
    November 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

    It doesn’t matter if the neighborhoods that the illegals live in are picture perfect what is irrational and vengeaful about not wanting illegals in your neighborhood or cities? They had no respect for our laws so why should we respect them and want to live near them?

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