From the NY Post:
The White House has made clear that its intention is to put extra effort in counting illegal immigrants. It wants to make sure that all 12 million illegals are counted, a task that's not easy given the desire of most illegals to avoid detection.
So the Census Bureau is teaming up with community organizations that can reach out to this population. The bureau had contracted with ACORN to be part of the Census count, until that group came under heavy criticism after two conservative activists videotaped its workers giving tax advice to what they thought were a pimp and a prostitute. Instead, it will use other groups, including Hispanic and immigrant-advocacy organizations and the Service Employees International Union.
Yet there's enormous potential for a Census count that includes illegal immigrants to skew the political process. It will mean some congressional districts will include huge numbers of persons who aren't eligible to vote -- and whose elected leaders therefore aren't really democratically accountable.
It so happens that many of these districts will elect Democrats, since illegals often settle in poorer neighborhoods, whose legal residents and citizens tend to vote Democratic. So congressional Democrats and the White House are more than happy to see voting power shift to these new rotten boroughs.
But the real issue is what this will mean to individual voters in districts that are made up mostly of citizens. Their votes will, in effect, be diluted by the votes of citizens who live in districts where large numbers of illegal immigrants live.
This change has the potential to alter the meaning of representative democracy. If the administration succeeds in counting 12 million illegals in the Census, its effect will be to disenfranchise an equal number of US citizens.