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senate Bill S. 2068

Should the Census Bureau be Prohibited From Including Citizenship Data in the Redistricting Data it Prepares for States?

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, and since there’s a chance that providing citizenship information from the Census would have a chilling effect on participation the Census Bureau shouldn’t be allowed to share this information with the states.

jimK's Opinion
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last Tuesday
The Constitutional requirements for the census are a count of people in an area and not a count of citizens. Given the rhetoric of race-based hatred toward Latino/Hispanics, especially immigrants, the citizenship question would assure undercounting of Latino/Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants and would reduce funding from government programs that would have benefited all residents in a district. Also, undercounting Latino/Hispanic populations would benefit Republican gerrymandered districts which on average, have lower Latino/Hispanic populations. The citizenship question has been documented to be a Republican strategy to gain electoral votes and they had hoped to implement this question in time to gain electoral votes for the 2020 election. Thankfully the courts effectively blocked their despicable efforts. So, the answer is still YES, do not add the citizenship question to the census- since the only reason it is being proposed is to gain political advantage by ‘stacking the deck’- and as a side-effect would underfund districts with heavier populations of Latino descent.
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Wendy's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Residency is what matters, more than citizenship. Lots of people can't vote, like felons, but that doesn't mean we don't count them when determining representation in the House. So, let's cut the nonsense and worry about counting our residents and not who's a citizen or not.
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Matthew's Opinion
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last Tuesday
We need to count EVERYONE not just the few. If we do not count EVERYONE it affects the police, firefighters, hospitals, roads, schools, bridges and not in a good way.
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Argument opposed

Given that the Census Bureau is already set to start providing citizenship information from other sources starting in 2021, it’s pointless to block it from providing the citizenship data information from the Census to states. Moreover, giving this information to states will help them draw more accurate districts, helping ensure more representative government.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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last Tuesday
I stand strongly opposed to Senator Bookers Senate Bill S-2068 which would prohibit the Census Bureau from including citizenship data in the legislative redistricting data it prepares for states to use in the redistricting process. Title 13 of the U.S. Code mandates that the Census Bureau provide states with the small-area, block-level data necessary for legislative redistricting and population totals.  Senators Bookers Democratic Bill is just another attempt to legitimize the counting undocumented migrants in their heavily migrants populated areas, which will increase the addition of NEW House Representatives and diverting more federal funding to their districts. Given that the Census Bureau is already set to start providing citizenship information from other sources starting in 2021, it’s pointless to block it from providing the citizenship data information from the Census to states. Moreover, giving this information to states will help them draw more accurate districts, helping ensure more representative government. SneakyPete......... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.12. 19.....
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Loretta's Opinion
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last Tuesday
In order to have an accurate census of people living in the United States we need to know who is the Citizen and Who isn’t I assume every other country in the world knows that information we should too
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Jim's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Why restrict any data. What happened to “transparency“?
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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJuly 10th, 2019
    The Constitutional requirements for the census are a count of people in an area and not a count of citizens. Given the rhetoric of race-based hatred toward Latino/Hispanics, especially immigrants, the citizenship question would assure undercounting of Latino/Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants and would reduce funding from government programs that would have benefited all residents in a district. Also, undercounting Latino/Hispanic populations would benefit Republican gerrymandered districts which on average, have lower Latino/Hispanic populations. The citizenship question has been documented to be a Republican strategy to gain electoral votes and they had hoped to implement this question in time to gain electoral votes for the 2020 election. Thankfully the courts effectively blocked their despicable efforts. So, the answer is still YES, do not add the citizenship question to the census- since the only reason it is being proposed is to gain political advantage by ‘stacking the deck’- and as a side-effect would underfund districts with heavier populations of Latino descent.
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    I stand strongly opposed to Senator Bookers Senate Bill S-2068 which would prohibit the Census Bureau from including citizenship data in the legislative redistricting data it prepares for states to use in the redistricting process. Title 13 of the U.S. Code mandates that the Census Bureau provide states with the small-area, block-level data necessary for legislative redistricting and population totals.  Senators Bookers Democratic Bill is just another attempt to legitimize the counting undocumented migrants in their heavily migrants populated areas, which will increase the addition of NEW House Representatives and diverting more federal funding to their districts. Given that the Census Bureau is already set to start providing citizenship information from other sources starting in 2021, it’s pointless to block it from providing the citizenship data information from the Census to states. Moreover, giving this information to states will help them draw more accurate districts, helping ensure more representative government. SneakyPete......... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.12. 19.....
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    Residency is what matters, more than citizenship. Lots of people can't vote, like felons, but that doesn't mean we don't count them when determining representation in the House. So, let's cut the nonsense and worry about counting our residents and not who's a citizen or not.
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    We need to count EVERYONE not just the few. If we do not count EVERYONE it affects the police, firefighters, hospitals, roads, schools, bridges and not in a good way.
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    Absolutely! Support this bill. Protect use of census data. Protect use of citizenship data - do not abuse data for partisan hacks of voting districts!!!!!!!!! GOP is aiming to try to warp the use of census to gerrymander in re-districting.
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    The Constitution says to count every person. There is no edict to simply count “citizens”. And, how many Fascists, including 45, could pass a “Citizenship Test”?
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    The Constitutional requirements for the census are a count of people in an area and not a count of citizens. Considering the prevailing attitude of public hatred toward Latino residents, the citizenship question would assure a undercounting of Latino/Hispanics. This will result in underfunded programs and hurting all residents.
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    In order to have an accurate census of people living in the United States we need to know who is the Citizen and Who isn’t I assume every other country in the world knows that information we should too
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    Count everyone!
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    Why restrict any data. What happened to “transparency“?
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    Citizenship data is precisely what is needed for redistricting. Non-citizens are not legally allowed to vote! What is wrong with this country these days! Why is this even a question?
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    Counting citizens is the whole point of the census.
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    No! #MAGA
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    Setting congressional districts is the primary reason for the census (not just for a bunch of data) congress represents the Citizens only not Visiters, aliens, or foreign nationals who happen to be living their at the moment, how can districts be set up properly with out the Citizenship information that is why title 13 requires it.
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    The census is about counting bodies not citizenship. Could we get it right.
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    Yes. The census was never intended to ask for citizenship status.
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    Yes
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    Why would we not want to know the citizenship of people within our borders?
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    It seems like, just maybe, the Democrats like the extra representation illegals provide. Wonder if they would still support them if A) illegals didn’t give them more representatives and B) illegals didn’t vote for Democrats?
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    The census was intended as a means for “representation” of citizens. Counting non-citizens unfairly gives more representation, and thus more legislative power in the House of Representatives to democrats. We are a representative government (a republic) and this is a power grab by those in opposition to the constitution.
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