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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
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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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    If you have nothing to hide, show your Green Card, no permitzo...run.🌚
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    No! Let the census reflect full disclosure of native born citizens, legal immigrants, and ALL illegal immigrants in our country. Any city harboring illegals should permanently have any financial assistance removed until they no longer harbor illegals after a 10 year period. Further, governors and mayors allowing illegal immigrants should be removed from office and prosecuted and NEVER allowed to hold office again!!
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    Liberally Racist Democrats will do anything to win elections. Including letting illegal immigrants vote. They want them to vote, because they want to win elections by any means necessary. They hope that flooding the country with these people will let them win all future elections. Wake up America & keep these democrats from taking a prosperous capitalist America to a poor one with no food on the grocery stores shelf. That you have to go to the government for everything, because they will be the party of socialist dictators.
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    No, not a citizen or legal resident here no representation in our government!
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    The Dems are all about not getting the true number of non-citizens and illegal aliens in this country. If it was truest known there was 45 million illegal aliens in this country there would be an uproar
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    How else are we going to know who is to be represented in congress and Electoral College?
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    Vote yes. Do not manipulate the census info gathering please!
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    No, Federal funds should only be used for US Citizens and Legal Immigrants.
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    Focusing on citizenship is just part of the xenophobic agenda of this criminal administration to round up and deport non-citizens and reduce the political power of parts of the country with higher proportions of immigrants. The census is meant to provide an accurate count of the population in all areas of the United States, not to count some people and disregard others. Getting an accurate count is critical for the allocation of resources and federal funding. The census cannot become a political tool for the far right!
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    Yes It’s the law
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    As has already been stated by several. The purpose of the census is to count people, not citizens.
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    Citizens should be the only ones voting. Absolutely it should be included
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    Without asking the most important question citizenship why bother with the census. Do it right ask the citizenship question!
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    Yes, count everyone!
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    Republicans think they can cut districts and take over the whole country if the question is on the census form. They need to stop the manipulation NOW.
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    Never an issue before nowadays, this question is frightening to me. Some say it’s about electoral college. To me the question has a Nazi feel to it! Crack down on employers before busting down doors. It’s a POLITICAL POWER QUESTION.
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    I agree with jimK’s statement below 100%. 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 immigrants, the citizenship question would assure undercounting of Latino/Hispanics to the benefit of Republican gerrymandered districts. This has been documented as a Republican strategy which they hoped to implement 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.
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    A census is to count all people. Everyone needs to be counted and everyone needs to be asked if they are citizens.
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