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Democrats Sue Over Citizenship Question In The Census

The Trump Commerce Department announced late Tuesday it would include a question in the 2020 decennial census survey that would ask whether respondents are American citizens.

The Hill’s Reid Wilson reports that Democratic attorneys general in several states promptly announced they would bring legal action to stop the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship to the next Xavier BecerraU.S. census, a question they said would lead to serious undercounts that could reverberate for years to come.

Wilson reported that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking to block the question from appearing on the 2020 census questionnaire.

“Having an accurate Census count should be of the utmost importance for every Californian,” Becerra said in a statement reported by Wilson. “The Census numbers provide the backbone for planning how our communities can grow and thrive in the coming decade. California simply has too much to lose for us to allow the Trump administration to botch this important decennial obligation.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) said in a statement Tuesday he would lead a multistate effort against the question wrote Wilson. In a statement, Schneiderman cited the 14th Amendment and the enumeration clause of the Constitution as potential areas for legal challenges.

“This move directly targets states like New York that have large, thriving immigrant populations — threatening billions of dollars in federal funding for New York as well as fair representation in Congress and the electoral college,” Schneiderman said in his statement.

Wilson wrote that legal experts say it is not immediately clear that states would be successful in challenging the Commerce Department’s decision in court.

“The power to do the census is given to the federal government,” said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

Research reported by Wilson shows that more than 60 percent of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens living in the United States live in just 20 metro areas across the country. Twelve of those 20 metro areas are in blue states that backed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by wide margins in the 2016 presidential election.

More than a million undocumented immigrants live in the New York area, and a million more live in Los Angeles, according to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center. Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver and four California metro areas all have between 100,000 and 400,000 illegal alien residents reports The Hill’s Reid Wilson.

The citizenship question has long been a part of the Census and remains part of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), also ask a number of immigration-related questions, including citizenship.

As our friend Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies observed in a recent article Would a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Reduce Response Rates? “Surveys like the CPS are the basis — and, in many cases, considered the gold-standard source — for official government estimates on everything from the nation's unemployment and poverty rates to wages and health insurance coverage. If asking about citizenship significantly reduced data quality by lowering response rates, then a good deal of information published monthly and annually by the federal government, based on these surveys, would already be compromised.”

So, if the “gold standard” survey already includes questions about citizenship, foreign birth, etc. what are Democrats afraid of? What is they don’t want the American people to know?

One possibility is that they don’t want you to know that their claim that there are “only” 10 to 11 million illegal aliens in the country is a gross underestimate, and the number is really more like 20 million.

However, our friend Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review tweeted a couple of clues to a more likely reason:

"The mere inclusion of illegal aliens in census figures for House of Representatives apportionment purposes violates the notion of self-government." Richard Shelby, July 13, 1989

As John Noonan, former Ninth Circuit judge, said in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1985, “If there was an invading army on American soil, one does not suppose the Bureau of Census would count the enemy troops.”

The more likely possibility for the Democrats’ eruption over the citizenship question is that states, like California and New York, with large illegal alien populations don’t want a future Congress, armed with solid citizenship numbers, to eliminate illegal aliens from being counted for the purposes of congressional reapportionment, allocation of federal funds and other purposes where they are currently allowed to – in effect – steal from the rest of America’s taxpayers and voters by inflating their population with illegal aliens.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to contact the White House through this link to urge him to stand fast and fight to keep the citizenship question in the 2020 Census.

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