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OpinionCensus shouldn’t ask about citizenship

20:25  10 july  2019
20:25  10 july  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump looking 'very strongly' at delaying census

Trump looking 'very strongly' at delaying census President Trump said Monday he's looking "very strongly" at delaying the 2020 census if the administration is not allowed to add a citizenship question, an unprecedented move that would surely trigger new legal challenges. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We're looking at that," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about a delay. "So you can ask other things, but you can't ask whether or not somebody is a citizen? So we are trying to do that.

It’s critical, then, that the 2020 census counts be accurate. A great way to decrease accuracy is to ask people completing the census survey if they are American citizens . The Justice Department, unwisely, has formally asked the Census Bureau to include a citizenship question on the upcoming census

Published July 10. Liberty Vittert: Census shouldn ’ t ask about citizenship . The argument to not include the citizenship question on the census form is quite clear. Given the political climate and immigration debates occurring in our country, many Democrats contend that asking a citizenship

Census shouldn’t ask about citizenship© Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images/File Protesters gathered outside of the Supreme Court building as justices hard arguments on the 2020 census citizenship question on April 23, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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President Trump is fighting hard to have the 2020 census ask the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

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We shouldn ’ t allow such maneuvering to compromise our democracy. The jobs of the census is to count how many people live in your area, and therefore how many resources it needs. It shouldn ’ t be concerned with how they got there or what their citizenship status is.

Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census would help enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I have used census data on immigration and citizenship in my research for over two decades, and I have urged government statistical agencies before to collect more data about immigrants.

Democrats are fighting just as hard to keep the question off the census.

What’s this all about?

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The citizenship question sounds reasonable. Why shouldn’t we know how our population breaks down between citizens and non-citizens? The information, by law, can’t be used against anyone, so what’s the big deal?

Since the census, at its core, is a statistical accounting, I decided to look at it as a statistician. I’ve concluded that it makes the most sense to leave the citizenship question off the census, because that will enable the government to get the most accurate count possible of our total population.

The Constitution requires that the federal government count the number of people living in the U.S. every 10 years. The census is supposed to include everyone – regardless of citizenship status. In other words, for the purpose of the census, citizenship is irrelevant.

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DOJ ordered to find ways to include citizenship question on 2020 census, official says A lawyer with the Department of Justice said Wednesday that agency officials have been ordered to determine whether there is a way the administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after a tweet from President Trump raised confusion over the status of the question.Joseph Hunt, an assistant attorney general with DOJ's civil division, said Wednesday that the department has been "instructed to examine whether there is a path forward, consistent with the Supreme Court's decision, that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census." "We think there may be a legally available path under the Supreme Court's decision.

According to the Trump administration, the question about citizenship was removed from census forms in 2010, when Obama was president. A March 2018 announcement by the Trump administration that they planned to “reinstate” questions about citizenship on the 2020 census form

Why would asking about citizenship have been such a big deal? The Justice Department said it wanted the question included in the census Opponents say the citizenship question was intended to frighten noncitizens away from participating in the census , whether they were in the country legally or

The major purpose of the census is to determine representation in the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes each state gets, and also to determine the amount of some types of federal aid that go to states and localities, based on their populations.

Representation, Electoral College votes and some federal aid are based on the total number of people – not U.S. citizens – living in states and communities. This is a crucial distinction.

The first census was in 1790 and counted 3.9 million people living in the U.S. The 2010 census counted 308.7 million people.

The census originally included slaves (though each slave only counted as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats and Electoral College votes), who had no voting or other rights.

White women were also counted in the census, even though women did not get the right to vote nationwide until 1920. Children were also counted, although they were not allowed to vote.

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The public should applaud the Trump administration and the Commerce Department for reinstating a citizenship question on the 2020 census form. In fact, even the United Nations recommends that its member countries ask a citizenship question on their census surveys, and countries ranging from

Data on citizenship is valuable, however, the political climate surrounding immigration has changed in the last year. Those who are more likely to be undocumented have been undercounted in past censuses and were more likely to incorrectly report themselves as U.S. citizens .

If our nation’s founders wanted to only count eligible voters in the census, they would have limited the count to adult white men.

The accuracy of the census is important. If it fails to correctly count the number of people in the nation, some states could get more representation in the House, more Electoral College votes (which determine who is elected president), and more of some types of federal aid than they are rightfully entitled to. Some could get less.

The argument to not include the citizenship question on the census form is quite clear. Given the political climate and immigration debates occurring in our country, many Democrats contend that asking a citizenship question will scare people away from answering.

The thought is that this will not only stop some illegal immigrants from responding to the census, but also stop some non-citizens living in the U.S. legally, and even some citizens who live in households with non-citizens.

An undercount caused by people not responding to the census could disadvantage Democrats, because states and congressional districts they represent have a higher proportion of immigrants.

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census President Trump's chief immigration and citizenship officer believes that the 2020 U.S. census will include a question on citizenship. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli predicted that Trump would ultimately succeed in amending the 2020 census. Cuccinelli appeared on Fox News Sunday with guest host Dana Perino, according to a clip of the show released early on Twitter.

As attorney James W. Lucas wrote in the National Review last year: “California’s non-citizen residents give California voters (mostly Democrats) about 11 percent more voting power than Americans in states with smaller immigrant populations have.” As a result, he wrote: “California, the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House that it would if House seats were based on citizen population alone.”

However, it would take a constitutional amendment to count only citizens in determining House representation, Electoral College votes and some types of federal aid. Some people no doubt think this would be a good idea – but unless the Constitution is amended, citizenship will not matter for these purposes.

In arguing to include the citizenship question on in the census, the Trump administration’s Justice Department first said the question would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court rejected that argument last month.

Now the Trump administration is scrambling to find another way to add the citizenship question to the census. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the administration will take action in the next few days that he believes will allow the citizenship question to be asked, but did not specify exactly what it will do.

From a purely statistical perspective – without conducting a pilot study – the addition of the citizenship question is a trade-off. What is the cost of increasing non-responses to the census, versus the benefits of gaining knowledge about the number of non-citizens in the U.S.?

The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

If the government wants to know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in the United States, it has every right (as far as I understand) to do that – but that question, statistically speaking, does not have a place consistent with the mission of the 2020 census. That’s why I believe it should not be included in the census.

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Claims That Obama ‘Yanked’ Citizenship Question From Census Are False.
What Was Said “The real controversy here is who took the citizenship question off of the census, and why? Why is it controversy wanting to know who among us happens to be a citizen and who isn’t? Why is that controversial? It would seem to me that this kind of attention should have been asked when somebody in the Obama regime decided to get rid of it.” — Rush Limbaugh, a conservative commentator, on Friday “Why can’t we just ask the question the way it was asked for 50 years before the Obama administration yanked it out of there?” — Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, on Tuesday False.

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