The “sanctuary state” of California plans to file a lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s move to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
“Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea — it is illegal,” California attorney general Xavier Becerra claimed on Twitter.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the citizenship question is necessary to obtain “complete and accurate data” about voter makeup in the country. He explained in a letter:
“The decennial census is mandated in the Constitution and its data are relied on for a myriad of important government decisions, including apportionment of Congressional seats among states, enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocation of federal funds.
These are foundational elements of our democracy, and it is therefore incumbent upon the Department and the Census Bureau to make every effort to provide a complete and accurate decennial census.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the question should be included in the 2020 Census to stem voter fraud and to better appropriate federal funding to states.
“To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected,” Sessions said in a December 2017 letter.
In a knee-jerk reaction, Democrats slammed the move, saying illegal immigrants would be discouraged from filling out the Census form given President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
So in other words, liberals are more concerned about protecting illegal aliens than providing the federal government with an accurate breakdown of legitimate voters.
#BREAKING: Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump's Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal: https://t.co/vW8sa7khq9
— Archive – Attorney General Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018
Democratic lawmakers took to Twitter to express their outrage over the decision, saying they will add this to their long list of anti-Trump grievances.
The federal census is NOT a tool to rally the President’s base. It’s a constitutionally mandated count of every single PERSON living in this country.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 27, 2018
@CommerceGov Secretary Ross’ decisión to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census wil only result in a low count and fear. The question is another way to push for a low & unfair count. I will present amendment to undo this language. @uscensusbureau
— José E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 27, 2018
But Republican Congressman Warren Davidson supported the decision to include a citizenship question, saying it doesn’t cheat law-abiding Americans, the way things do now.
“Apportionment for Congressional seats and electoral votes should be based on citizens, not on [legal + illegal] residents,” Davidson tweeted. “Otherwise, citizens are underrepresented… For example, California gets roughly three extra members of Congress based on estimates of illegal residents.”
#CitizenshipMatters Apportionment for Congressional seats and electoral votes should be based on citizens, not on residents. Otherwise citizens are underrepresented… For example, California gets roughly three extra members of Congress based on estimates of illegal residents. https://t.co/Acq02zM4Ev
— Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) March 27, 2018
While many people think liberals support DACA and illegal immigration because they’re kind-hearted humanitarians, critics say it is a scam to increase the Democratic Party’s voting bloc.
One reason why many Americans oppose illegal immigration (besides the fact that it’s against the law) is that many illegals collect welfare for their “anchor” babies and minor children, causing a massive burden on U.S. taxpayers.
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