The Trump Administration’s decision to include a question about being a US citizen in the 2020 Census is being denounced by liberals, especially those from blue states with large numbers of illegal immigrants. Nancy Pelosi, who developed a sudden respect for the Constitution and the separation of powers right around January 20th, 2017 called it “unconstitutional,” while DNC head Tom Perez, with his typical restraint and understatement, dubbed the question “a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities.”
Which seems a bit hyperbolic, considering they didn’t raise a peep when Bill Clinton’s Census asked the same question in 2000. For those who don’t believe it, here’s a screen capture of the actual form:
This is being painted as an attack on immigrants, which it isn’t; it’s an attempt to find out how many people are living here illegally ("immigrants" are here legally.) The less-fevered excuse being given for opposing it is that Washington might cut off federal funding for all those millions of non-citizens that Governors like Jerry Brown have happily waved across the border. Since courts have ruled that illegal immigrants can’t be denied schooling or medical care, that’s not likely.
When you blow away all the rhetorical fog, the real concern is that if it’s determined that a state’s population number that’s used to apportion Congressional Representation is heavily inflated with millions of non-citizens, that state will lose seats, and hence, power in Congress. Which it should, because contrary to the fervent efforts of politicians in places like California, non-citizens, particularly illegal non-citizens, are not allowed to vote or hold office and shouldn’t be wielding power in Congress over US citizens.
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In other words, Mr. Perez isn’t really so concerned about a “craven attack on our democracy” as he is that someone is trying to turn back his own side’s craven attack on our democracy. This is why people say that if you want to know what the left is really doing, look at what it’s accusing its opponents of doing.
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