2020 vision: California Democrats fire back at DOJ proposal to ask about citizenship on census

A request from the Justice Department to the Census Bureau to add a question on American citizenship to the 2020 census has California Democrats firing back over concerns that illegal immigrants will choose not to participate, possibly causing the state to lose a congressional seat and even federal funding.

“The census determines federal funding for the next ten years and drives reapportionment and redistricting,” the California Secretary of State office said in a statement on Twitter. “We must stay vigilant. The citizenship question is just the latest red flag.”

The U.S. conducts a census every 10 years with its stated purpose of providing “current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy.”

But the most notable purpose is determining each state’s population to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, as that number is set at 435.

Illegal immigrants are included in the population count but the census has not asked a citizenship question since the early 1950s.

While the American Community Survey, which the Census Bureau takes every year to gain a better understanding of changing social and economic climates, does ask a citizenship question, the ACS is not used for apportionment purposes.

And despite the Census Bureau being bound by a confidentiality requirement regardless of whether a new question is added, progressives fear that undocumented immigrants will still choose not to answer to avoid admitting their undocumented status.

Mike Levin, a Democrat running for the congressional seat in California’s 49th district, said the move was more evidence of “Trump’s policy war on California.”

Furthermore, the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau, recently received a letter from a group of Democratic lawmakers calling the request “deeply troubling.”

“This chilling effect could lead to broad inaccuracies across the board, from how congressional districts are drawn to how government funds are distributed,” the letter read.

But the Department of Justice argues that a question on citizenship would lead to better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

“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,” the December 12th letter, written by DOJ general counsel Arthur Gary and obtained by ProPublica, reads.

“The U.S. Census Bureau is evaluating the request from the U.S. Department of Justice and will process it in the same way we have historically dealt with such requests,” a bureau spokesman told CalWatchdog. “The final list of questions must be submitted to Congress by March 31, 2018. Secretary Ross will then make a decision. Our top priority is a complete and accurate 2020 Census.”

Currently, California holds 53 congressional seats, the most in the country.

The request is just the latest installment of the conflict between California and the Trump administration, as the Golden State is continuing to place itself at the center of the so-called “resistance” against the president’s larger immigration agenda.


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  1. Dude
    Dude 17 January, 2018, 13:51

    “undocumented immigrants will still choose not to answer to avoid admitting their undocumented status”.
    Let’s fix this progressive double-talk…
    “ILLEGAL ALIENS will still choose not to answer to avoid admitting their ILLEGAL status”. There, that’s correct now.

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  2. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 17 January, 2018, 14:15

    Becuase the Demac-RATS need all the votes they can to force the NWO and the One World Goverment on us all as dictated by the Useless Nations

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  3. Anonymiss
    Anonymiss 17 January, 2018, 15:29

    Wait! I thought non-citizens are NOT allowed to vote. Aren’t illegal aliens non-citizens? Or have they been granted citizenship simply for being here?

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  4. Judy
    Judy 17 January, 2018, 18:22

    Many illegals are able to vote with a drivers license which isn’t always checked for legal citizen status. Many of us Califorians know this.

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 18 January, 2018, 09:58

    Hollywood Airhead Julia Roberts once said that Demacrats were Of the People By the People For the People shows just how dumb they are in Hollywood

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  6. Ulysses's Uhaul
    Ulysses's Uhaul 20 January, 2018, 11:04

    What you are, what ya do, what you perceive, what ya speak…….greedy tech goons, ruthless globalists and government sneaks/snitches want to surveil and control.

    Every form, every email, those childish twits and grams are not your friends.

    Sleep with both eyes open and all electronics off/crypted/erased.

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  7. Fyodor Dost
    Fyodor Dost 21 January, 2018, 15:19

    No Borders,No State,No Laws,Rigged elections,Bad Trip;
    Major state to register illegal aliens to vote – automatically
    2-3 minutes

    Traffic jam

    WASHINGTON – California will take the next step in blurring the lines between citizens and non-citizens beginning April Fool’s Day when the state complies with a court order to begin automatically registering to vote all those who are granted driver’s licenses.

    The state has long provided driver’s licenses to all who simply claimed, without proof, that they were citizens of in the country legally. There were no checks made or documentation required.

    But beginning April 1 every person who gets a California driver’s license will be automatically entitled to vote.

    “We are very pleased that Californians will have easier access to voter registration,” said Jeremiah Levine, an attorney with Morrison Foerster who represented the voting-rights groups. “We are especially satisfied that changes will be made before California’s statewide and federal primary elections.”

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    The state complied with the order under a program dubbed the California New Motor Voter Act. Signed into law in October 2015, the new statute requires the DMV to forward records for all eligible applicants to the Secretary of State’s Office for registration unless those applicants elect not to register to vote.

    The League of Women Voters and three other groups sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State’s Office in May 2017, claiming the state burdens would-be voters by making them fill out the same information on two separate forms to register to vote.

    According to the lawsuit filed last May, California ranks “a dismal 46th in the nation” in its rate of registered voters. More than 5.5 million eligible voters were unregistered as of February 2017, according to state data.

    Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the ACCE Institute, California Common Cause and the National Council of La Raza.

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    • Jack B
      Jack B 1 February, 2018, 12:10

      CA has way more illegals than reported. They are closer to 40% or more than stated.

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  8. Anonymiss
    Anonymiss 21 January, 2018, 15:41

    PLEASE tell us that this is just an early April fools joke!

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  9. Jack B
    Jack B 1 February, 2018, 12:07

    To be willing to destroy your own country to increase your voter base (illegal immigrant situation) is disgraceful. Too bad they can’t find a way to sell speeches and receive bribes when not in office.

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  10. Ex Democrat
    Ex Democrat 4 February, 2018, 13:05

    We need to play Bill Clinton’s 1995 SOTU address about illegal immigration and Shumer’s 2008 anti immigration speech. All of a sudden they need more voters as middle class voters desert them, and they need to change focus on to registering illegals to replace working class party members who are leaving.

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