Despite several reports from White House sources and loud cheers from Democrats, President Trump declared today that his administration was still moving forward with trying to get the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The Supreme Court failed to rule on the matter, calling on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reengage with them at a future date once he solidified his reasoning for adding the question. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four progressives on the bench to not rule on the issue, which many assumed meant the citizenship question wouldn’t be added in time to comply with the executive branch’s duty to undertake a census every 10 years.
Now, the President says the matter isn’t over yet:
“The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”
The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
It’s difficult to know how much time will be needed to properly print the census documents in time to complete the census as scheduled. We’re in gray area here; what happens if the census is conducted late? Legal experts have been toying with the prospects, and most acknowledge there’s no established protocols for dealing with a delayed census.
But the President is right. This is a question that needs to be asked, not for the sake of preventing people from being listed on the census but because we need to have an accurate depiction of who is hear. I’ve long said it’s odd the flow of illegal immigrants has gone generally unabated, yet the currently accepted estimate of 11 million illegal aliens has been steady since 2006.
Democrats oppose the question, removed for the first time fully by President Obama’s administration in 2010, because they believe many will not be counted for fear of having to acknowledge they’re here illegally even if most Americans are aware a census employee doesn’t arrest people. They need the numbers to be higher in blue states and districts so they can hold more clout in DC and state legislatures.
This is a true impasse. Assuming Wilbur Ross can come up with a better gameplan than he went in with, they should be able to sway the Supreme Court to side with them. The only question is whether or not there’s enough time.
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