Among the flurry of job-destroying, economy-wrecking Executive Orders Joe Biden signed in his first few days in office was one ordering that illegal aliens be counted in the 2020 census.  This is a reversal of President Trump’s order.

It looks like there might be a silver lining here, however.  Adding illegals back into the census will likely result in Texas gaining seats in the U.S. House.

Texas was one of the many states whose legislatures Democrats expected to gain in the 2020 election.  Their anticipated “blue wave” didn’t happen; instead, Republicans made significant gains at the state level, granting them a significant advantage in redistricting.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Hours after taking office, President Joe Biden handed Texas a huge gift that went mostly unnoticed, overshadowed by more controversial moves on climate, public health and the border wall.

He reversed Donald Trump’s policy of excluding unauthorized immigrants from the census count used to carve up the country into congressional districts.

Texas has almost 2 million such residents out of nearly 30 million — enough extra people to bring billions in federal largesse over the next decade, and add considerably to its clout in the U.S. House.

“Don’t get me wrong, I support President Trump and I appreciate what he was trying to do, but this is good for Texas,” said state Rep. Phil King, a Weatherford Republican who chaired the redistricting committee the last two years. “It probably means the difference between getting one and three new congressional seats.”

Lloyd Potter, Texas’ state demographer, took it a step further.

Biden’s new policy isn’t just a gift for Texas. It’s a gift especially for Texas Republicans, since they control the Legislature and Governor’s Mansion and wield the knife that cuts the growing pie.

 

 
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