Democrats Are Concerned Trump Might Rig The Census With Citizenship Question Or Something

Asking people lawfully and unlawfully their citizenship status is now considered “rigging”, as we see in the Detroit Metro Times

Don’t expect Bill Schuette to sue over Trump’s plan to rig the census

Attorney General Bill Schuette reportedly won’t join more than a dozen of his peers in suing the Trump administration over its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Attorneys general in at least 12 states have signaled they’ll join a suit alleging the change is unconstitutional. California’s AG has already filed a separate suit. The addition of a question that asks whether someone is a U.S. citizen is widely expected to lead fewer immigrants to participate in the census, meaning Michigan could lose federal funding for persons not counted and even have its Congressional districts redrawn, potentially costing Democrat seats.

Schuette’s spokeswoman initially told the Detroit Free Press Schuette did not intend to join the multi-state lawsuit because he hadn’t been asked. When pressed by the paper on whether he’d consider suing independently, the spokeswoman reportedly said she would not comment on “a hypothetical.” Asked whether Schuette could reach out to other attorneys general on the issue himself, the spokeswoman told the Freep that he had not been contacted “because this is about politics, not public policy or rule of law.”

Yes, it is about Democrat #resist politics.

This is reportedly the first time in at least 70 years that the Census is to include a question about US citizenship.

So, it used to be done? And no one else had hissy fits?

In a piece penned last fall for the Brookings Institute’s blog, former Commerce Department head Robert Shapiro described the possibly devastating effects of a major undercount. (In a piece this week, he said he expects up to about 24 million people might skip the Census if the citizenship question is included.)

Who are those 24 million?

To begin, the policy will likely cost the Census participation of not only most undocumented immigrants, but also many of the 8.8 million U.S. citizens and legal residents who live in households with 4.3 million undocumented friends and family members.  If half of those households simply misstate the citizenship status of the undocumented person and the other half ignore the 2020 Census, the Census undercount from this issue alone would be 4.4 million. Add them to the other 6.8 million undocumented people in households without anyone with legal status, and the undercount comes to 11.2 million.


Millions of other Americans would have good reason to hesitate about providing their names and addresses, if they believe their data might be shared with federal law enforcement. For example, 43 percent of the 22 million Americans with federal student loans are in default or very behind in their payments arrears, which covers about 9,460,000 young Americans. If we assume, conservatively, that one-third of those in such arrears will opt for discretion and skip the 2020 Census, it comes to 3,120,000 people. Moreover, the Census collects its information from households, and most of those in default or way behind in payments on their federal student loans live in households with people not in such arrears. Again, assume that half simply leave out the household member in arrears (another 1,560,000 for the undercount) and the other half opt out of the Census. Since an average household consists of 2.54 persons, Americans in arrears on their federal student loans could add a total of another 5,522,400 people to the undercount [(1,560,000 + (1,560,000 x 2.54)], bringing the total potential undercount to 16,722,400.

So, asking citizenship status will cause them to do the above? Good grief. There are two more paragraphs of those who might blow off answering the census, which includes those in arrears on child support and those who are fugitives from justice. This is definitely Trump Derangement Syndrome, thinking that asking a question on citizenship is in any way involved with these people not answering.

But, you know, this is Trump rigging the census, people.

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8 Responses to “Democrats Are Concerned Trump Might Rig The Census With Citizenship Question Or Something”

  1. MrToad21 says:

    Elections have consequences – Barrack Obama

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    This is reportedly the first time in at least 70 years that the Census is to include a question about US citizenship.

    That is incorrect.
    The question was included in the 2000 Census during the Clinton administration and was removed from the 2010 Census by the Loose Shoes administration.

  3. formwiz says:

    Sanctuary state would lose 3 House seats. Others might be similarly hit.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Yep, Dems are concerned indeed.

    Voter registration officials in Harris County previously testified that “thousands” of noncitizens were discovered on their rolls every year and then handed over to the District Attorney for prosecution. Houston, one of the largest cities in the United States, is located in Harris County.

    PILF initially requested to review the records of Harris County on Dec. 1, 2017, but was ultimately denied access to the documents on Jan. 11.

  5. Dana says:

    Wouldn’t it be reasonable to compile statistics about whether a person is a citizen or immigrant? The question isn’t whether they are here illegally, but simply if they are citizens.

    And now, the homosexual lobby is decrying the dropping of a question concerning sexual orientation. Personally, I think that should fall under the category of ‘nunya,’ but I can’t see how it hurts to compile those statistics. Perhaps they’ll ask if people are demented transsexual as well.

  6. Hoss says:

    If somebody shouldn’t have to identify as illegal, nobody should have to identify as anything.

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