The Non-response Followup (NRFU) for the 2010 Census is in full swing. This is when Census workers personally visit all the residences from which a mailed-in Census form was not received.
I have a serious concern about the people being counted. Foreign exchange students, foreign college students living in dorms and in off-campus housing are being counted as members of a household. There is no provision on the forms to indicate the citizenship status of the person(s) counted. A logical extension of this would be the conclusion that many illegal aliens could also be counted as members of a household.
My concern is based on generalities and could very well not apply is some specific cases. It is this: The decennial Census determines the number of representatives each state can have in the US House of Representatives. Should this count not be based on the number of citizens in each state, instead of the total number of people regardless of citizenship status?
If the count in a state is high enough, the state would gain another member in the House. It stands to reason that the counting of non-citizens could push the population count over the threshold. In general, university and college towns, and areas with many illegal aliens tend to be more liberal. This counting of non-citizens could very well skew a state’s representation in the House and give liberals an advantage over conservatives. It is because, although the non-citizens cannot vote, their numbers could generate extra representation of a liberal-leaning area.
The Census should count ONLY the members of a household who are citizens. If a count of total people living here is wanted, it should be done separately.