For over a year the Trump Administration has advocated adding a US citizenship question to the 2020 census. This past June 2019, the Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question’s inclusion after Trump Administration lawyers argued it would help enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act. However, the Trump Administration was told that if they provided a more logical reason for its inclusion then the court would reconsider. Therefore, Sunday night, the US Department of Justice welcomed in a new team of lawyers to start preparing to present the citizenship question for a second time before the US Supreme Court.
It should be noted that this debate is occurring while the 2020 census forms are already being printed without the citizenship question included.Embed from Getty Images
According to the US Constitution, every 10 years the US government must count the number of people living in the United States regardless of their citizenship status. This number then helps the government create voting maps and draw lines around political districts. It also aids in federal funding distributions.
It is illegal for the Census Bureau to share the personal information of US residents participating in the survey to law enforcement or any other government agency.
- Do you think the question, “Are you a US Citizen? should be allowed on the 2020 US Census?
- Would adding the US citizenship question scare away immigrants from participating in the census and give us an incorrect population count? Or do you think the number of participants would remain the same?
- Why do you think President Trump wants to add the Citizenship question? If the citizenship question is included, do you think the results of the census could be used by the Trump Administration to support their immigration policies? Do you think it could benefit the Trump Administration in the 2020 election because of the re-drawing of political party voting lines?
- Do you think the Citizenship question will pass in the US Supreme Court the second time around? If not, do you think Trump will issue an Executive Order despite the fact that Executive Orders can’t override Supreme Court decisions?
- Why do you think the Justice Department had to switch their team of lawyers supporting the Trump Administration’s census case?