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PoliticsClaims That Obama ‘Yanked’ Citizenship Question From Census Are False

05:22  13 july  2019
05:22  13 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Cal Thomas: Censoring the census citizenship question is about politics, not the law

Cal Thomas: Censoring the census citizenship question is about politics, not the law A look at history should provide reason enough to make a citizenship question part of the 2020 Census. The ultimate irony is that people employed to ask the questions must be U.S. citizens, or legal residents. Since 1820, a question about U.S. citizenship has been on census forms with few exceptions. It was left off in 1960 and 2010. Proof of citizenship is required when applying for most jobs in the country. When I travel internationally and return home, there are two lines at Immigration and Customs. One is for noncitizens and the other for citizens. A form requires me to state my citizenship and show my U.S.

A citizenship question has appeared in some form on different census surveys since 1820.Credit “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?

question about citizenship to the 2020 census was lost in June when the Supreme Court ruled that the administration had concealed the reason it sought to add the question . online based on the false claim that former President Barack Obama removed the citizenship question from the 2010 census .

Claims That Obama ‘Yanked’ Citizenship Question From Census Are False© Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times President Barack Obama in Ohio last year. A citizenship question has appeared in some form on different census surveys since 1820.

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“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.”

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question Sixty-seven percent of voters said the census should be able to ask whether people living in the U.S. are citizens, going against the recent Supreme Court decision on the matter, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The poll also found that the inclusion of the question was supported among members of both parties, with 88 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats supporting its inclusion.

President Barack Obama ’s administration did not remove the citizenship question from the 2010 Census , so this claim from Conway is unfounded. Her 50-year timeline is sketchy as well, as is her claim that the ACS asks about citizenship every five years. What actually happened: The Census

Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that Barack Obama took citizenship questions of the census Limbaugh seems to be peddling a false talking point which has become popular on the right: that There weren’t any citizenship questions on the census from 1965, but Washington Post‘s Philip

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.

President Trump on Thursday backed away from efforts to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census after insisting that he would press on despite a Supreme Court ruling that the administration had not provided an adequate reason for including the question. Throughout his fight, a number of prominent conservative voices and members of his staff have amplified an inaccurate talking point that former President Barack Obama had eliminated the question.

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Legal Experts: Potential Trump Executive Order on Census Lacks Constitutional Basis

Legal Experts: Potential Trump Executive Order on Census Lacks Constitutional Basis Would it work if President Donald Trump really issued an executive order to a citizenship question to the 2020 census? Marc E. Elias, general counsel for Sen. Kamala Harris's presidential campaign and former attorney for the 2016 Clinton campaign, argued Thursday that this move lacks a Constitutional basis. Hey media–Trump cannot issue an executive order to include a citizenship question in the Census. The Census requirement is found in Article I (not Article II) and thus is a right of Congress, not the President. pic.twitter.com/CdY3bRMP6U — Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) July 4, 2019 Indeed, the Census Bureau’s website confirms this “The U.S.

President Barack Obama and Democrats took the citizenship question off the census , the radio host said Friday on "Fox and Friends." The claim is entirely, provably untrue.

Obama and Democrats took the question off the census , he claimed , because “they don’t want them to be counted as noncitizens for a political purpose. For decades, the census conducted every 10 years included a question about the naturalization status — that is , citizenship — of immigrants.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mr. Trump’s former press secretary, was among the first to give the claim a wide audience when she said in March 2018 that the question had “been included in every census since 1965, with the exception of 2010, when it was removed.” At the time, 12 states had sued the Trump administration for trying to add the question.

As courts weighed in on the case and after the Supreme Court ruled against Mr. Trump, others began to echo the claim blaming Mr. Obama, including Charlie Kirk, the founder of the pro-Trump group Turning Point USA; Chuck Woolery, the game show host; the Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump blog; an anchor on One America News, a pro-Trump news network; a spokesman for the Trump campaign; and Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina.

Despite tens thousands of retweets on social media and repetition on Fox News, these claims are inaccurate. A citizenship question has appeared in some form on different census surveys since 1820, and Mr. Obama was not responsible for its omission from the decennial census. Moreover, the Census Bureau has not stopped inquiring about citizenship.

Justice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question

Justice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question A federal judge had ordered the DOJ to explain the president's tweet and administration's position.

“Reinstating the citizenship question ultimately protects the right to vote and helps ensure free and fair Judge Furman, who was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama in 2011, all The Census Bureau itself had recommended against adding a citizenship question , estimating

In 1970, the citizenship question moved to a long-form questionnaire sent to fewer than 20% of American households. In 2010, the long-form questionnaire NPR and Snopes have explained that the decennial census hasn't included a nationwide citizenship question on the census since 1960.

In 1940, households surveyed in the decennial census were directly asked about citizenship. A decade later, census takers asked respondents about place of birth and followed up with a question about citizenship as part of one inquiry.

The citizenship question was dropped in 1960 from the general census except in New York and Puerto Rico. In 1970, most households were not asked about citizenship, though 15 percent of respondents were asked about birthplace and 5 percent if they were citizens. The short-form census sent to most households did not ask about citizenship in 1980, 1990 and 2000, but the question was relegated to a longer version sent to a smaller portion of households.

In 2010, under Mr. Obama, the Census Bureau stopped distributing the long-form questionnaire altogether — and the citizenship question along with it. But that’s because the bureau began using an alternative survey in 2005 that also included the question.

It’s also clear that the Obama administration did not instigate efforts to replace the long-form questionnaire with the American Community Survey. Plans to do so began years earlier.

Pelosi: Census citizenship question is effort to 'make America white again'

Pelosi: Census citizenship question is effort to 'make America white again' Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued Monday that President Trump's push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census is an effort to "make America white again" in an adaptation of his campaign slogan. "This is about keeping - you know his hat - make America white again," Pelosi said at an event in San Francisco about election security legislation, referring to the red "Make America Great Again" hats that are popular among Trump supporters.

After years of testing, a series of government reports from 2002 to 2004 concluded that the American Community Survey, a separate questionnaire surveying a monthly sample of households, produced virtually the same estimates as the census long-form questionnaire. And in 2005, the survey was fully put into place.

“To deal with some of these challenges at the beginning of the decade, the 2010 census was re-engineered to build a better, faster and simpler census. The plan was to leverage technology, eliminate the long form and conduct a short-form-only decennial census,” Carlos Gutierrez, the commerce secretary under former President George W. Bush, testified to Congress in April 2008.

The American Community Survey continues to ask about citizenship, among other topics, to this day.

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Thursday lambasted President Trump's reversal on previous plans to push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling the move a "face-saving way to recognize that he's been on the wrong side. " require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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