This reporter left several messages for Marco Rubio today, eager to hear the U.S. Senate candidate who says he's campaigning on ideas explain his position on whether illegal immigrants should be counted in the U.S. Census. DIdn't hear back, but the campaign sent out this statement tonight:
When it comes to political apportionment, the Census should count legal American citizens only. Gov. Crist's position to include illegal immigrants in this count would dilute the voting power of every American citizen. Moreover, it would actually incentivize politicians to perpetuate our broken immigration system by rewarding states with large illegal immigrant populations with a louder voice in Washington. The Governor's insatiable appetite to spend federal money has once again led him to embrace a policy that is not only wrong, but is damaging to Florida and the rule of law.