So the Trump administration decided to add a question to the 2020 Census on whether someone was a citizen. I know what you're thinking, "Why was that not already a question?"
Oh wait, no. We're living in a world where the Democratic party is apparently pro-illegal immigration or something.
The Washington Post
"The state of California sued the Trump administration Monday night, arguing that the decision to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution. The state’s attorney general acted just after the Commerce Department announced the change in a late-night release.
"The action was followed Tuesday by an announcement from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman that he will lead a multi-state lawsuit to preserve what he said was a fair and accurate Census."
Wait, wut? Why would this be an issue?
"The Constitution requires a census, or 'actual enumeration,' every 10 years to apportion representation in Congress. Apportionment is based on the “number of free persons” in each state. California’s lawsuit alleges the change violates the constitutional requirement of “actual Enumeration” of every person in every state, every 10 years."
First and foremost, even before we get to that, simply asking the question doesn't effect apportionment. But moreover, did the Founders really intend to include noncitizens. After all, the Constitution does exclude "Indians not taxed." I mean, if a foreign army invaded the United States, would we need to count their troops in order to "apportion representation." Also, the Census apparently asked this question between 1820 and 1950. FYI, the Founders were alive in 1820.
I mean honestly, give me a break.
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