In recent days the Commerce Department, under the leadership of Wilbur Ross, has announced their decision to include a citizenship question in the up and coming 2020 decennial census. A question that the Commerce Department claims has been on “almost every decennial census between 1820 through 1950.” Well, the citizenship question is back on the decennial census and the current administration has given ample reasoning as to why it is important to do so.
The Commerce Department issued a statement which said the citizenship question would be added at the behest of the Justice Department who made the request back in December of 2017. The statement said 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.”
Democrats have lined up to criticize the Trump Administration’s announcement as an effort to intimidate immigrant communities as well as drain money and electoral power from Democrat held districts.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced via Twitter that he is filing suit against the Trump Administration, claiming the addition of a citizenship question would be illegal. “Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump’s Administration over decision to ask #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea – it is illegal,” claimed Becerra.
California’s Attorney General and California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, wrote an opinion article for the San Francisco Chronicle which was published on Monday, March 26, 2018. The article claims that the decision to add a citizenship question is illegal and “an extraordinary attempt by the Trump administration to hijack the 2020 census for political purposes.” “California, with its large immigrant communities, would be disproportionately harmed by depressed participation in the 2020 census,” the two wrote. “An undercount would threaten at least one of California’s seats in the House of Representatives (and, by extension, an elector in the electoral college.),” claimed the duo.
The Commerce Department also added that the citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census would be “the same as the one asked on the yearly American Community Survey (ACS).” The ACS is an ongoing survey issued by the United States Census Bureau. The ACS, as described by the Census Bureau, contains “additional questions and provided more detailed socioeconomic information about the population.”
The United States Constitution requires the decennial census to be conducted. The results of the census are used to allocate Congressional seats for the next decade, determine federal spending needs as well as the number of electoral votes each state receives come election time.
The California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, really tipped his hand in his explanation for filing suit against the Trump Administration over the citizenship question appearing on the 2020 census. Becerra’s reasoning for filing suit is filled with holes.
First of all, California AG Xavier Becerra refuses to distinguish illegal immigrants between legal immigrants. Legal immigrants have no reason to fear participating in the census since they are in the United States legally. It appears that Mr. Becerra doesn’t believe legal immigrants are capable of understanding the difference between themselves and those whom entered the country illegally. Illegal immigrants need only to worry if they lie on the census, which is expected to be filled out truthfully under the pains and penalties of perjury.
Secondly, the Attorney General claims “an undercount would threaten at least one of California’s seats in the House of Representatives (and, by extension, an elector in the electoral college.)” This could only be the case if illegal immigrants were intended to be counted in the previous census which was conducted under the Obama Administration. It seems that Becerra intended for illegal immigrants to be counted in the 2020 census as well since his explanation complains of losing electoral power. That is what this is all about folks, power through numbers. Asking a citizenship question on a census would not deter any rational legal immigrant from participating.
Senators and House members are allotted through the census, so why on Earth should illegal immigrants be represented in Congress? It makes very much sense for Congressional members to know how many citizens they serve first and foremost, that list does not include the illegal population. The illegal immigrant population already utilizes so much funding allotted through social programs, are we to expect they get Congressional representation without so much as paying income tax? That doesn’t seem logical in any way.
This final point is truly a nail in the coffin for California Attorney General’s explanation and every other Democrat complaining about the Trump Administration. If Democrats want to stop foreigners from meddling in American elections, beginning at home might be a good starting point.
Allowing illegal immigrants to be assumed as “citizens” in the decennial census would be the ultimate form of election meddling. Sure, a Russian troll farm was able to put petty propaganda on Facebook in order to sow discord, but they were never able to manipulate the vote count.
Allowing illegal immigrants to be counted as citizens and allotting congressional seats as a result of that erroneous count would manipulate not just the election, but all future policy for the next ten years. Of course, that policy would favor illegal communities over the citizens of the United States. A step California seems to have already taken through the enactment of sanctuary state laws; SB-54 or the “California Values Act”, AB-450 or the “Workplace Raid” law, and AB-103 or the “Detention Review” law.
All three sanctuary state laws California has enacted have been challenged by the Trump Administration. Orange County has also joined the Trump Administration’s lawsuit as the Sheriff has begun to publically post the release dates and times of all inmates online so Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can do their job and deport dangerous illegal immigrants out of the country.