The Trump administration announced that the 2020 U.S. census would include a question about citizenship status. I am shocked that it didn’t already. Among the many things a government needs to know about its population, this demographic should be near the top. Yet Democrats have vowed to fight it in the Congress, fight it in the courts, on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets, in the hills; and will never surrender.
Well, it doesn’t matter. Democrats are trapped. Oh, some unethical, partisan judge may hold otherwise along the way, but a nation certainly has the right and the duty to determine how many of its occupants are lawful citizens. This is zugswang for Democrats. Since they maintain that being here illegally is no crime, they cannot credibly argue that the census is trying to force self-incrimination. That’s not even their initial argument: they complain that the question will frighten respondents who fear immigration enforcement, so they won’t fill out the form.
“Let’s call this like it is: The census, written about and hallowed in the Constitution, is being distorted by this administration for political purposes. President Trump and (Commerce) Secretary (Wilbur) Ross should be ashamed of themselves,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “Hopefully, the courts will correct this glaring abuse.”
What abuse? The fact that the Democrats have built their recruitment efforts on encouraging and enabling illegal immigration is their own abuse, and their own problem These are some very sick and ugly chickens coming home to roost. See, real citizens and those who have the right to live here aren’t afraid of answering that question. And while Congress represents everyone in a Congressional district, legal or not, those violating the law to be represented are cheating. They undermine our democracy. The progressive panic over a census question that is valid and important demonstrates how cynical and indefensible the Democratic Party’s position is. Zugswang. Trapped.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the decision a “direct attack on our representative democracy.” Holder’s legal acumen hasn’t gotten any better since he left office. Representative democracy doesn’t exist to let anyone just waltz across the border, hide out, falsify papers, and take benefits from those who belong here. It is the practice of swelling Congressional districts by importing non-citizens to distort the will of citizen majorities that is a “direct attack on our representative democracy.” Democrats have just been reaping the benefits of that attack. Anyway, the Census isn’t stopping illegal immigrants from being counted. Democrats fear that the illegal immigrants will stop themselves from being counted. In fact, they can’t be deported or arrested for what they put on a census form: their fear is based on ignorance, which tends to happen when one lives here in the shadows, Well, a public education effort is mandated then! By all means, the U.S. should put out multi-language ads, brochures and announcements explaining that census data is private and secure. Nevertheless, the government needs the data, and has every right to ask the question.
In 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Congressional district counts couldn’t be restricted to citizens eligible to vote. I would not bet on the Court similarly ruling that the country can’t inquire how many residents are eligible to vote. It is a perfectly fair and reasonable question that is only threatening to those who shouldn’t be in a position to be counted anyway.