Caldwell issues statement regarding apportionment of congressional seats
POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 4:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 4:19pm
Baton Rouge, La — Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Louisiana’s complaint seeking the Court to require the federal government to recalculate the 2010 apportionment of congressional seats:
“We are extremely disappointed that our Supreme Court has refused to address and protect one of our most important rights as American citizens - the right to be properly represented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.
“The current census unconstitutionally dilutes the rights of American citizens to be represented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution by counting illegal aliens as part of the population of states in order to determine congressional representation.
“By turning a blind eye to the issue presented, the Court has elevated the benefits of illegal immigration by foreign nationals to another level.”
In 2011, Attorney General Caldwell filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to recover the congressional seat taken from Louisiana as a result of the 2010 Census.
To properly apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Constitution requires that a census be taken every 10 years to count the number of lawful residents in each state.
In the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau included illegal foreign nationals, along with holders of guest-worker visas and student visas, in the count of lawful residents of each state. As a result of the Census Bureau’s practice, states with large numbers of illegal foreign nationals gained congressional seats, while states with low numbers of illegal foreign nationals, like Louisiana, lost congressional seats.