The question of U.S. citizenship will return to the 2020 census, the Trump administration has announced.
A statement issued by the Commerce Department says the question will be reinstated based on a request made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in December.
The statement indicates that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data.”
It also reminds Americans that the citizenship question was routinely included in past censuses between 1820 and 1950, and is a staple of surveys involving sample populations.
It’s official. The Commerce Dept. announces that a question on citizenship status will be added to the 2020 census. pic.twitter.com/nFyjh01jv0
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) March 27, 2018
The announcement of a renewed effort to ask people about their citizenship is expected to draw significant blowback from liberals because of their support for illegal immigrants.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the question “unnecessary and mean-spirited” while others said it would harm the accuracy of the census because illegals would be afraid to answer the form.
Those willing to break the law by entering this country illegally probably aren’t filling out forms in the most honest manner regardless.
DOJ officials counter that the information helps ensure the integrity of elections, and prevent racial discrimination.
“This data is critical to the department’s enforcement … of the Voting Rights Act,” wrote DOJ lawyer Arthur Gary, “and its important protections against racial discrimination in voting.”
WINNING – The Commerce Department is putting the Citizenship question back on the 2020 Census.
States who have tons of illegals like California should have to pay for the increased cost of harboring them, and shouldn’t get extra electoral votes.
— Jack Bailey 🇺🇸 (@JackBaileyUSA) March 27, 2018
And how do you know the move is a good one? The state of California immediately announced they would file a lawsuit over the citizenship question.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the man who vowed to prosecute employers if they helped federal authorities locate illegal immigrants, thinks it should be illegal to ask a question about citizenship.
“The question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal,” he said announcing the lawsuit on social media.
Wait, don’t you support illegal activities? Your advocacy for criminality is becoming rather confusing at this point.
#BREAKING: Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump‘s Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal: https://t.co/vW8sa7khq9
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018
Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General and the only one to ever be held in contempt of Congress, also complained about a question on the census.
“Constitution does not require citizenship question,” he said as if he’s one to follow that ol’ document.
“This is purely political,” he whined before launching into a wild conspiracy theory.
Constitution does not require citizenship question. This is purely political. Trump Administration is trying to rig the 2020 Census (to protect gerrymandering) by intimidating people. Don’t be fooled-some states will unfairly lose funds and representation. We will sue. https://t.co/2R3mZ0FQSp
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 27, 2018
“Trump Administration is trying to rig the 2020 Census (to protect gerrymandering) by intimidating people,” Holder wrote. “Don’t be fooled-some states will unfairly lose funds and representation. We will sue.”
If states like California and New York lose funding because their illegals refuse to answer a census question, so be it. And if low-level criminal enablers like Becerra and Holder oppose it vehemently, then the Trump administration is most definitely doing the right thing.
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