Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed fear that Latinos would not respond to the United States census if it asked whether the respondents were United States citizens.
Hilariously, Clinton wrote in a tweet that including a citizenship question on the census “would undoubtedly lead Latino and other residents to avoid responding” to the government request for information. Ironically, this response from Clinton would seem to imply a significant number of Latino respondents to the census are, in fact, illegal immigrants.
President Donald J. Trump’s administration has suggested a question regarding U.S. citizenship be added to the census so illegal immigrants are not considered when determining how many electoral votes and congressmen should be assigned to each state. Many conservatives fear that Democrat-majority states receive additional votes in the electoral college and Congress because their census responses are inflated by illegal immigrants.
Clinton seems entirely aware of this situation, as no lawful resident of the United States, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or racial makeup, should object to affirming their citizenship status to the government.
Adding a citizenship question to the Census would undoubtedly lead Latino and other residents to avoid responding. The resulting count would be inaccurate, unfair, and unrepresentative—a failure of democracy with real consequences for states and communities.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2019
The Supreme Court is poised to agree with President Trump on the potential censorship question. As it was debated in the Supreme Court, the liberal justices asked a plethora of questions regarding its implications, while the conservative judges, who hold a thin majority, have remained largely silent.
A federal judge echoed Clinton’s fears about the ability for illegal immigrants to move the political needle in the United States earlier this year.
On Wednesday March 7, Judge Richard Seeborg argues that adding this question “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system.”
Seeborg continued, asserting that the “commerce secretary’s decision to add the question was arbitrary and capricious and would violate a constitutional requirement that the census count everyone in the country.” According to Seeborg, evidence shows that this question would a create a significant undercount of non-citizens and Latinos.
Seeborg’s statements on Wednesday made him the second judge to declare the Trump administration’s census decision to be illegal. A federal judge in New York blocked the administration from adding the citizenship question from the census. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last month to review that decision.
The Democrats are betraying their true intentions when it comes to the citizenship question. They clearly want illegal immigrants to be counted as United States citizens, as they are more likely to appear in Democrat-held states where sanctuary cities are common. This, in turn, gives the Democrats more political power in Congress and the Electoral College.
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