Trump Administration Returns Basic Citizenship Question Omitted from 2010 Census
St. Louis, MO: The Department of Commerce is tasked by Congress for determining what questions the U.S. Census will contain every decade. Late Monday night, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross released the list of questions. One common sense question, in particular, is drawing news and the ire of the left. The 2020 Census will ask respondents if they are U.S. citizens. Democrat attorneys general have already filed suit against the administration over this basic question.
"Citizenship is a matter of public record," said Ed Martin, President of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. "There is no reason or cause for alarm to see this question on our national census. In fact, the census has always included this question until it was excluded by the Obama administration in 2010.
"Democrats want nothing more than to portray this as a witch hunt against illegal immigrants or a move to suppress minorities, but nothing could be further from the truth. The U.S. Census is supposed to count all residents of this country. There are countless immigrants and residents that live and pay taxes and function as healthy members of society but are not proper citizens of the United States.
"To connect a census question of citizenship (that is not even new to the survey) to minority voter or representation suppression is liberal fear mongering and nothing more. Shame on those state attorneys general and elected officeholders who would use their positions to blatantly pander to the political left."