Drop it, California! You can’t prove citizenship question on 2020 census would harm state, says DOJ

The Department of Justice urged California to drop its frivolous lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying the liberal state cannot prove it would suffer any harm from the decision.

California’s fears that it would lose congressional representation and billions in federal aid if the citizenship question were added is “highly speculative,” the DOJ told federal judge Richard Seeborg.

As BizPac Review reported, California sued the Trump administration earlier this year to block the inclusion of a citizenship, claiming it’s illegal (it’s not).

“Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea — it is illegal,” said California attorney general Xavier Becerra.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the citizenship question is necessary to obtain “complete and accurate data” about voter makeup in the country.

Former 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.

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.

Meanwhile, billionaire businessman Steve Forbes — who’s indifferent about the citizenship question — said it’s a “perfectly valid” question to include, considering that census takers are asked a wide variety of other, more-intrusive questions.

“They ask everything: How many toilets you have in the house? How many cars do you have? What is your income?” Forbes told Fox News. “Citizenship is a perfectly valid question to ask on the census.”

 

Republican Congressman Warren Davidson supports 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.”

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