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WARREN: ‘It’s Unconstitutional to Exclude People from the Census Based on Their Immigration Status’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.21.20

Failed presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren ripped the Trump administration’s decision to exclude illegal immigrants when re-drawing congressional districts Tuesday; saying it’s “Unconstitutional to exclude people” from the US Census.

“It is flagrantly unconstitutional to exclude people from the Census count based on their immigration status. The Constitution requires that every person be counted. This is another attempt by Trump to use scaremongering against immigrants & rig the system,” posted Warren on Twitter.

 

President Trump signed an Executive Order Tuesday excluding illegal immigrants from being counted when drawing Congressional district maps.

President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to prevent illegal immigrants from being counted for the purposes of re-drawing congressional districts after the 2020 census,” reports Fox News. “A White House official said it clarifies that those in the country illegally would not be included for the redrawing process — known as apportionment — of congressional districts after the census. Census counts are used to determine the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives, the number of electors in the Electoral College and hundreds of billion dollars of federal spending.”

“Excluding illegal aliens for the purpose of apportionment reflects a better understanding of our Constitution and democratic principles,” said one administration official.

The decision says that the Constitution “does not specifically define which persons must be included in the apportionment base.”

“Although the Constitution requires the ‘persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed,’ to be enumerated in the census, that requirement has never been understood to include in the apportionment base every individual physically present within a State’s boundaries at the time of the census,” the order says.

Read the full report at Fox News.

ANOTHER CONSPIRACY? Pelosi Says Trump Using Census to ‘Make America White Again’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.09.19

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi found another anti-Trump conspiracy theory to promote this week; suggesting the White House is attempting to use the United States Census to “Make America White Again.”

Pelosi was speaking with reporters when she was asked to comment on the President’s inclusion of a citizenship question in the upcoming survey.

“This is about keeping — you know his hat — make America white again,” Pelosi said; referring to the President’s iconic ‘Make America Great Again’ or ‘MAGA’ hat.

“They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted. It’s really disgraceful. And it’s not what our founders had in mind,” Pelosi said. “What they want to do is put a chilling effect so certain populations will not answer the form.”

The President is considering issuing an executive order to include the question after it was struck down by the Supreme Court in recent weeks.

Read the full report at The Hill.

Original Story: Published June 27, 2019

The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration Thursday morning; saying the White House’s case to include a “citizenship question” in the upcoming US Census failed to meet the necessary requirements.

“The Supreme Court found Thursday that the Trump administration did not give an adequate reason for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census,” reports the Hill. “The move is a surprise win for advocates who opposed the question’s addition, arguing it will lead to an inaccurate population count. The administration had argued the question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act.”

The judges sent the matter back to the Commerce Department, who must now provide another justification for including the controversial topic.

Critics of the question say it will dissuade legal immigrants and others from taking part in the census process, while advocates say it will better provide an accurate depiction of the country’s 327 million residents.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in making the ruling.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING NOW: Supreme Court Rules AGAINST the White House on Census ‘Citizenship’ Question

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.27.19

The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration Thursday morning; saying the White House’s case to include a “citizenship question” in the upcoming US Census failed to meet the necessary requirements.

“The Supreme Court found Thursday that the Trump administration did not give an adequate reason for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census,” reports the Hill. “The move is a surprise win for advocates who opposed the question’s addition, arguing it will lead to an inaccurate population count. The administration had argued the question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act.”

The judges sent the matter back to the Commerce Department, who must now provide another justification for including the controversial topic.

Critics of the question say it will dissuade legal immigrants and others from taking part in the census process, while advocates say it will better provide an accurate depiction of the country’s 327 million residents.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in making the ruling.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Original Story: June 12, 2019

President Trump asserted his executive privilege last month on the topic; effectively blocking the release of documents regarding the upcoming census and the inclusion of a new “citizenship question.”

President Trump has asserted executive privilege over congressionally subpoenaed documents on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday,” reports The Hill.

“The announcement comes the House Oversight and Reform Committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for the documents,” adds the article.

“By proceeding with today’s vote, you have abandoned the accommodation process with respect to your requests and subpoenas for documents concerning the secretary’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a written statement.

“The executive branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the committee. Moreover, until the committee’s abrupt decision to seeks a contempt resolution, the department was prepared to provide a significant number of additional documents responsive to the committee’s April 2, 2019 subpoena.”

“Unfortunately, rather than allowing the department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote,” concludes the statement.

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