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SCOTUS short-punts on census citizenship question.

October 23, 2018

In 1970, I worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, going to homes that had received the long-form questionnaire (the first year it was used) but had not returned it.

I seemed to remember that there was a citizenship question on it then, and a quick review of the history of that question proved that my memory hasn’t completely failed me. Moreover, as I remember it, most people did answer “no” when asked if they were citizens, assuming that they weren’t.

So with that in mind, why did the SCOTUS defer considering the constitutionality of including the citizenship question in the 2020 census, and indeed why is it even a question now?

Like most things today, the answer is politics, and it has seldom been more relevant, as 7,000 or more people head for the U.S. border like homing pigeons.  Roughly 80% of people in the caravan (the single men) know they can’t apply for asylum, and vow on camera to “swim the river” to get in.

It is obvious that fear of corrupt governments or drug cartels isn’t the only thing driving them, since they could apply for asylum or even just refugee status in Mexico.

Various institutions claim that there are from 11 million to 22 million undocumented people living in the U.S.

Some counties and even states have a much higher proportion of those people than others, notably the sanctuary state of California, and various sanctuary cities throughout the nation.

Now, even 22 million is well short of 10% of the total population, but when many of those folks are concentrated in one voting district, it can seriously skew such things as money for Federal programs and yes, voting. It even impacts programs and funds to assist non-citizens, such as the ESL (English as a second language) programs in the schools.

If the number stayed static, perhaps we could learn to deal with it.  For instance, we could just adjust California’s legal resident population down by 10 or 15 per cent.

As we all know, that number isn’t staying static, and new numbers released by the CBP today will reflect that.

We have a right to know how many people aren’t here legally, although it is probably true that the number will still be inaccurate.

After all, who in their right mind would admit to having committed one or more  criminal acts?

After all, it is illegal to evade or lie on  the census, and you can be fined from $100 to $5000 for doing so, never mind that the underlying act is a crime. Not that little things like the law really matters to politicians and phony social justice warriors today.

It’s time, indeed it is past time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on this. We’ll have to see if they punt for the end zone next time.

From → op-ed

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