Trump orders census to only count citizens
President Trump continues to keep his campaign promise to put Americans first, this time by using an executive order that says the U.S. Census should only count citizens, not illegal aliens.
“We will collect all of the information we need to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy, voting rights, and representation in Congress,” said Trump.
But that doesn’t mean counting the many people who came to the U.S. Illegally.
“Giving congressional representation and political influence to illegal aliens — people who have blatantly disregarded our laws — would be a perversion of our democratic principles,” said Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump’s Press Secretary in a statement.
The statement said that counting illegal aliens for the purposes of creating congressional districts “could also create perverse incentives – such as potentially rewarding states that encourage violations of Federal immigration law – that would undermine our system of government.”
Previously, the administration wanted to include a citizenship question on the census, but that question was eliminated by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in a 5-4 opinion in which Justice Roberts sided with progressives on the court.
“Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Only in America!”
After the decision by SCOTUS, the administration made plans to reintroduce the citizenship question, as the court decision seemed to indicate only an issue with a technical aspect of why the question was being included and didn’t imply a blanket prohibition from asking the question. But later the administration dropped another court challenge.
“I have accordingly determined that respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process warrant the exclusion of illegal aliens from the apportionment base, to the extent feasible and to the maximum extent of the President’s discretion under the law,” the new executive order on the census states according to CNN.
Progressives in government and out of government have promised to challenge the president’s authority to legally enforce such an order.
“The House of Representatives will vigorously contest the President’s unconstitutional and unlawful attempt to impair the Census,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday.
“We’ll see him [Trump] in court, and win, again,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
“This order isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and will be struck down by the courts,” said Senate Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
But at least one conservative was thanking President Trump for protecting citizens.
“I applaud President @realDonaldTrump’s decision to exclude illegal aliens from the U.S. Census count when apportioning congressional districts,” said Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
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