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  • Majority Sides with President — and Common Sense — on Census Question

    It’s always good to find out a healthy dose of common sense is still at work among the “little people” making up the bulk of America’s population.

    Case in point: their response to the recent Supreme Court/Census donnybrook:

    Two-thirds of voters support allowing the U.S. census to include a question about an individual’s citizenship status, disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision to block the question. (Mairead McArdle/National Review)

    A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Tuesday, found 67 percent of respondents said the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”  is a legitimate census inquiry. That number breaks down to about 88 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats, and 63 percent of independents agreeing.

    Poll director Mark Penn punches home the conclusions:

    “The public here agrees with the administration that it makes sense to ask citizenship on the census. It is a clear supermajority of Americans on this issue.”

    It shouldn’t be missed that even a slight majority of the opposition party is on the president’s side in this matter.

    The question has become a contentious issue because of its implications for undocumented immigrants, who may not want to reveal their citizenship status for fear of potential repercussions. Last week, the Supreme Court shot down the Trump administration’s push to include the question in the 2020 census, temporarily prohibiting the question’s inclusion while requesting that the Commerce Department explain in more detail why it is necessary. The administration said the question would enhance the enforcement of part of the Voting Rights Act.

    That last reflection is an especial no-brainer. Only those who’ve demonstrated a commitment to taking necessary steps toward citizenship should enjoy the privilege of the ballot box. Period. The franchise, in, part shapes the complexion of this nation. We can’t enforce its importance if we don’t know who’s who when voting booths are opened.

    In the kind of Oval Office tweet America needs to see more of – those which advance a sound, Conservative agenda as opposed to distracting from it – the president complained

    “Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter.”

    Then, from the “Ya Think?” category, he added on Monday:

    “I think it’s very important to find out if somebody is a citizen as opposed to an illegal.”

    Do notions of “borders” and “sovereign countries” mean something, mean anything any longer? If so, this fight is fundamental on a multitude of levels.

    Good to know our Chief Executive, and evidently the greater part of America, are on board with it.

    Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 


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