Monday, December 27, 2010

The GOP's census dilemma: Embrace immigration or gerrymander

States that have a large enough population increase to get more seats in Congress have to redraw their districts. These districts have many immigrants who are not happy with the GOP. This may affect the next election. - - Donna Poisl

By Edward Schumacher-Matos

Some Republicans are crowing over the 2010 Census, but any red-state gains they make will depend on two big ifs: whether the party undergoes a virtual religious conversion and supports immigrants, or it gerrymanders like mad.

Most news reports this week on the new population figures understated the size of the immigrant impact. If you add their American-born children, immigrants accounted for fully three-fourths of the nation's population growth over the past decade, and not the slightly less than half that was widely reported, based on counting the foreign-born only in the Census Bureau's parallel 2009 American Community Survey.
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