Citizenship and the CensusFriday, April 26, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments this week in a case that will determine whether the Trump Administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution gives Congress broad discretion to conduct the census, and Congress has delegated that authority to the Secretary of Commerce to “obtain such … census information as necessary.”
The citizenship question was part of the U.S. census from 1820 to 1950, and it’s currently asked by many other countries. Yet liberals in the United States oppose asking about citizenship because they claim it will deter people who are here illegally from participating.
What do you think?
We don’t see any constitutional problems with including the question. Congress has given the Executive Branch authority to conduct the census and if it does not want a certain question to be asked then it should pass a law prohibiting the question.
We believe that citizenship information would help in accurately drawing congressional districts (non-citizens shouldn’t be counted for this purpose), and the information would help policymakers better understand the immigration problems that we face.
Liberals are attacking the integrity of our elections on many fronts and this is one that must be fought.
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