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Why is a citizenship question so bad to have on the census?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Because some activists believe that illegal aliens would flock to fill out the questionnaire were that question not on it (and that's never been the case as they tend to avoid any contact with authorities).

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  • RICK
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Its not needed

    Republicans wanted to use that as basis for number of Congressional seats but the constitution said seats are based on population. Did not specify citizens.

    Besides it intimidates non citizen but legal residents aka green card holders

    Would have been far less push back if they would have worded it differently to include a way for green card holders to ID themselves

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    • RICK
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Your reference only refers to people who got their SS number in 2004 or later or if it was marked Not For Employment
      Neither of which was my wife's case
      If you are using references make sure they are germaine to the discussion

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  • Lisa A
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It is the intent that is the problem. The intent is to intimidate, suppress etc. Which is in opposition to the constitution. The constitution requires counting of people, not citizens, and it requires counting ALL of the people. Trying to prevent certain people from responding is not ok.

    • Chel9 months agoReport

      Oh Trump has come out and told you his exact intent for this question?

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  • 9 months ago

    It isn't. Ploy to undermine citizens' rights, enable more voter fraud by non-citizens, which many Dems rely on to get into office, stay there.

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  • 9 months ago

    It is all very puzzling. It is not as if the census will ask your immigrant status, just the binary fact of whether you are a citizen or not. There are millions of people legally in the US with greencards, on student visa or holding H1-B work permits who will say no as well as those who are either overstays or illegal. The census is anonymous so what is the fuss about?

    This question was last on the form in 1950. I no longer have a greencard but would certainly have had no problem with it during my 35 years as a permanent resident.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It's not bad, it's a legitimate question that we should know the answer to. Plain and simple the Dem's don't want it because they will lose money and seats in the House of Representatives if they can't count illegals.

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    • Chel9 months agoReport

      Why not just count the whole worlds population then. Since people living in London are just as much citizens of the United States as illegals

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  • 9 months ago

    Blue states fear that illegals will not be counted and that would hurt their quest for Congressional seats, and aid. No other reason. All the stated opposition is BS and misdirection.

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  • Sally
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Because the census is supposed to count all PERSONS, not all CITIZENS.

    Because hundreds of things are determined by the census, including how much money someone like YOU would get if your house flooded or how much representation someone like YOU would have in Washington.

    If a company promised to give everyone in your house $1,000, would you want to give them an accurate count of the residents or an under-count?

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    • But the census is still counting all persons. They just want to add a question to distinguish between citizens and non citizens. That will not change the total count.

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  • 9 months ago

    It would likely reduce census participation by raising privacy concerns and fear that peoples' answers would be used against them.

    We can only speculate the motivations of the Trump administration, but it's not unrealistic to believe that they wanted to depress participation by immigrants, members of mixed-status households, and communities of color, thereby working to deprive them of representation in Congress. Additionally, it could be used as a way to gerrymander redistricting, set to begin in 2021.

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    • Chel9 months agoReport

      If they are not breaking any laws and are here legally what would be the fallout for them answering this question on the census? What would they lose?

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  • 9 months ago

    It used to be included on the census back in 1900 and 1910 when we had another immigrant wave. I think it should be included now. But there's nothing to stop people from lying on the form.

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