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senate Bill S. 201

Should the Census Not Ask About Citizenship & Count All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status?

Argument in favor

The Census plays an important role in the distribution of federal funds, social services coverage, and political representation. It’s important that it accurately reflects the American population — since there’s a chance that asking about citizenship will discourage certain populations’ participation in the Census, it shouldn’t be asked.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/26/2019
THAT IS WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS TO DO! The "Census clause" or sometimes called the "Enumeration clause" is found in Article I, 1, § 2, cl. 3 of Constitution. After taking into account the removal and additions that have occurred with later amendments, that clause reads as follows: "Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several States . . . according to their respective Numbers . . . . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." Further, Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment states that "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed." The Constitution uses the word "numbers" and "persons" -- not "citizens," or "legal residents," or "those lawfully present". Everyone must be counted!
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jimK's Opinion
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05/26/2019
The Census should not ask about citizenship- particularly in today’s environment with the current administration. Let’s use the census as intended, to track the populace. Adding the citizenship question would assure that many would not be counted at all. Given the administrations attitude toward immigrants and flagrant abuses of office, why would any immigrant answer this question? —— Effectively cutting government grants in order to “punish” sanctuary cities.
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05/26/2019
Duh. It’s worked for 238 years. gerrymandering, now supported by the rule of law is excepted in politics but let’s leave it out of the census.
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Argument opposed

The current citizenship count gathered by the American Community Survey (ACS) is inaccurate. Including a citizenship question in the decennial Census will improve the count’s accuracy. It’s also not a major imposition, as many non-citizens already accurately respond to the citizenship question in the ACS.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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05/26/2019
EDIT. Below the line is my original message. Had I voted “yes,” with the double negative question you posed, I would be saying “Yes, they should not ask about immigration status.” So I answered, “no.” I just received a confirmation email that My Representatives we’re informed of this.,. “I am a voter in your state. I Oppose the legislation S. 201, "A bill to amend title 13, United States Code, to make clear that each decennial census, as required for the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States, shall tabulate the total number of persons in each State, and to provide that no information regarding United States citizenship or immigration status may be elicited in any such census." This is the exact opposite of my intentions. I Am beginning to think you DELIBERATELY use double negatives for the purpose of using the vote to support how you want a vote to go. Everyone should be aware of your deceit! You’ve been admonished by many people about these double negative, and yet they continue Yep, I think it is deliberate. —————————————————- There you again with the double negative, Countable. Really does anyone check these things? Next time just ask, “Should the U.S. Census count all persons regardless of immigration status, “Yes,” or No.” Asking a yes or no question with, “Should the Census not ask...,” just confuses the issue! And the answer I am offering is, “Yes.” They should ask, or we will never get an accurate count of whether it’s 6 or 22 million people living here illegally. Also Congressional Districts and numbers should only be drawn up on a US citizen count. Period.
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AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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05/26/2019
Only citizens count. Non-citizens have no standing and no rights. To think otherwise renders citizenship meaningless, and that is unacceptable and unsustainable.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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05/26/2019
We don’t count criminals and that’s what illegals are criminals. #MAGA
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019
    THAT IS WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS TO DO! The "Census clause" or sometimes called the "Enumeration clause" is found in Article I, 1, § 2, cl. 3 of Constitution. After taking into account the removal and additions that have occurred with later amendments, that clause reads as follows: "Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several States . . . according to their respective Numbers . . . . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." Further, Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment states that "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed." The Constitution uses the word "numbers" and "persons" -- not "citizens," or "legal residents," or "those lawfully present". Everyone must be counted!
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    EDIT. Below the line is my original message. Had I voted “yes,” with the double negative question you posed, I would be saying “Yes, they should not ask about immigration status.” So I answered, “no.” I just received a confirmation email that My Representatives we’re informed of this.,. “I am a voter in your state. I Oppose the legislation S. 201, "A bill to amend title 13, United States Code, to make clear that each decennial census, as required for the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States, shall tabulate the total number of persons in each State, and to provide that no information regarding United States citizenship or immigration status may be elicited in any such census." This is the exact opposite of my intentions. I Am beginning to think you DELIBERATELY use double negatives for the purpose of using the vote to support how you want a vote to go. Everyone should be aware of your deceit! You’ve been admonished by many people about these double negative, and yet they continue Yep, I think it is deliberate. —————————————————- There you again with the double negative, Countable. Really does anyone check these things? Next time just ask, “Should the U.S. Census count all persons regardless of immigration status, “Yes,” or No.” Asking a yes or no question with, “Should the Census not ask...,” just confuses the issue! And the answer I am offering is, “Yes.” They should ask, or we will never get an accurate count of whether it’s 6 or 22 million people living here illegally. Also Congressional Districts and numbers should only be drawn up on a US citizen count. Period.
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    Only citizens count. Non-citizens have no standing and no rights. To think otherwise renders citizenship meaningless, and that is unacceptable and unsustainable.
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    The Census should not ask about citizenship- particularly in today’s environment with the current administration. Let’s use the census as intended, to track the populace. Adding the citizenship question would assure that many would not be counted at all. Given the administrations attitude toward immigrants and flagrant abuses of office, why would any immigrant answer this question? —— Effectively cutting government grants in order to “punish” sanctuary cities.
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    We don’t count criminals and that’s what illegals are criminals. #MAGA
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    Duh. It’s worked for 238 years. gerrymandering, now supported by the rule of law is excepted in politics but let’s leave it out of the census.
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    Who are our elected officials representing? American citizens or illegal foreigners? It’s hard to tell anymore.
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    We draw our election maps based on the number of US citizens. We also distribute electoral college delegates according to legal US citizens in each state. And finally, we provide federal funding to each State based on legal US residents and Citizens. If we don’t know how many people in each State are there legally it directly affects our elections and federal funding. This should not be politically. But the Democrats are trying to hide the true population make up of their states because they are afraid of loosing federal money.
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    If we do this, it’ll give sanctuary states more electoral votes and congressional seats. This is a matter of election security.
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    That’s the definition of census. Count all persons.
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    Count everyone everywhere
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    Asking for a person’s immigration status is not going to improve the accuracy of the census in anyway. In fact, it will reduce its accuracy since it will reduce census participation among immigrant groups leading to an inaccurate count. The point of the census is to get an accurate population count. Asking this question is only designed further the xenophobic agenda of this administration and shift political power away from areas of the country with higher levels of immigration.
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    Everyone should count in the census.
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    It’s not an imposition to declare your citizenship Only citizens should vote
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    Everyone should count
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    If someone is here, count them.
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    That’s the point, gaining an accurate count of the population.
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    Same as before. Quit wording it differently. And the answer is the same. YES.
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    Oh I have answered this a half a dozen times and my opinion will never change no matter how you word it so I’ll just give you one of my original answers. I suppose it depends upon whether or not you want any kind of accuracy. I, for one will not answer a question like this and I was born in the great state of Illinois. The purpose of the census is to allocate resources and representation by populace. It is not to determine citizenship or who gets to vote. There is absolutely no point in having a census if it is not accurate.The Census should not be weaponized by the political process or for creating a crisis that does not exist.
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    ABSOLUTELY!!
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