Ahead of crucial midterm elections in November which could have major implications on which party control the Senate and House of Representatives, Democrats fear one key issue could really cost them.

Democrats fear President Donald Trump administration’s re-reinstatement of citizenship questions on the 2020 U.S. Census will cost California a congressional seat and billions in funding from the federal government.

In a new Politico report, Democrats are very fearful California’s decision to shield roughly 2 million illegal immigrants could be detrimental to the Sanctuary State long term.

In 1911, the number of U.S. House of Representative seats was fixed by law at 435, meaning the “enumeration” requires that all 50 states to have at least one Representative, where the other Representatives are allocated according to population that are determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.

But that could change as the Justice Department sent a letter last month to the Census Bureau asking that the citizenship question eliminated in 2010 when former President Barack Obama was in office be be reinstated for the 2020 U.S. Census.

“This data is critical to the Department’s enforcement of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and its important protections against racial discrimination in voting,” DOJ General Counsel Arthur E. Gary wrote in the letter. “To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected.”

A population formula used by Congress to distribute House seats every 10 years revealed that California will likely lose a seat in the state legislature for the first time in its history, which has made California Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown squabble over the future.

On Wednesday, Brown proposed using roughly $40 million from the state’s own census-related outreach efforts to avoid losing this one seat.

“There’s a lot of fear” about the census count, said Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., the voter data firm used by both Republicans and Democrats in California. “The state is starting to get together resources, because it does have an actual direct impact … on state revenues if we have a severe undercount.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the Trump administration’s management of the census could have “devastating effects” on California.

“The citizenship question is just the latest red flag — maybe one of the biggest — but just the latest red flag,” Padilla said.

California Democrats are finally realizing that providing blanket protection to roughly 2.3 million illegal immigrants is going to have consequences.

In a state where Democrats control every statewide office and overwhelming majorities in the legislature, it would be catastrophic for them to lose a seat to Republicans.

The DOJ argues the Census Bureau’s “rolling and aggregated into one-year, three-year, and five-year estimates” is harmful because it doesn’t reflect the true “citizen voting age population” in the year 2020.

This is legally required to calculate federal redistricting of Congressional seats, and it could result in several states across the country losing seats to Republicans.

Democrats are very, very worried about this.

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