facebook linkedin twitter

Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census

July 30, 2020 by Tom Ramstack
Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham wears a mask with the words "2020 Census" as he arrives to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the 2020 Census​ on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON – Democrats attacked the president’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census during a congressional hearing Wednesday while Republicans said they wanted to prevent foreign influence.

The House Oversight Committee held what it called an “emergency hearing” to respond to a July 21 memorandum from President Donald Trump. It instructs the Commerce Department to list only legal residents in the 10-year count of the U.S. population.

Democrats, including Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, accused Trump of overstepping his authority.

“The president may not choose who is included in the Census count,” said Maloney, who chairs the House Oversight Committee.

Authorization for the Census comes from Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which says, “Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states… according to their respective numbers.”

The Democrats said Trump’s order to exclude illegal immigrants appears to violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which requires that U.S. laws be enforced equally without favoritism.

They predicted Trump will be challenged soon in lawsuits.

“The president’s memo does, I believe, violate the Constitution,” said Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif.

He added, “The country is getting more diverse, no matter whether we throw up roadblocks, no matter what we do.”

The Census is used to determine voting districts for state and federal elected officials. It also determines how states and the federal government allocate tax money.

Trump’s memo says, “Increasing congressional representation based on the presence of aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status would also create perverse incentives encouraging violations of federal law.”

It said states that fail to cooperate in enforcing immigration laws “should not be rewarded with greater representation in the House of Representatives.”

Advocacy groups that previously opposed Trump’s immigration policies announced this week they are preparing legal action against the president’s Census order. They included the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee largely agreed with the memo.

“How is that not foreign influence,” Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., said about the idea of illegal immigrants being counted in the Census.

Popular opinion polls show the immigrants typically favor Democrats.

Green said, “The Democrats are simply grabbing power at the expense of the American people again.”

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., said, “If someone is here illegally, they should not be represented in the United States Congress.”

The current head of the U.S. Census Bureau declined to take a position in favor or against the president’s policy during the congressional hearing.

“I am not in a position where I can express my opinions with regard to policy,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “My job as the census bureau director will be to execute the 2020 Census.”

He said he did not know of any Census Bureau personnel who encouraged Trump’s order to exclude illegal immigrants.

“Our mission right now is to complete an accurate count,” Dillingham said.

Census

Census: Relief Payments Staved Off Hardship in COVID Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economy last... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economy last year, but massive relief payments pumped out by Congress eased hardship for many, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure showed an increase of... Read More

Latino City in Arizona Grew, But Census Says it Shrank

SOMERTON, Ariz. (AP) — It's a Thursday evening in Somerton, Arizona, and parents and students packed inside a middle school... Read More

SOMERTON, Ariz. (AP) — It's a Thursday evening in Somerton, Arizona, and parents and students packed inside a middle school gym are roaring for the school's wrestling team at decibels that test the eardrum. The young wrestlers are seventh and eighth graders who will be among... Read More

Census Data Sets Up Redistricting Fight Over Growing Suburbs

The once-a-decade battle over redistricting is set to be a showdown over the suburbs, as new census data showed rapid... Read More

The once-a-decade battle over redistricting is set to be a showdown over the suburbs, as new census data showed rapid growth around some of the nation's largest cities and shrinking population in many rural counties.  From Texas to Florida, some of the biggest gains reported Thursday... Read More

Report: Census Hit by Cyberattack, US Count Unaffected

U.S. Census Bureau computer servers were exploited last year during a cybersecurity attack, but it didn't involve the 2020 census,... Read More

U.S. Census Bureau computer servers were exploited last year during a cybersecurity attack, but it didn't involve the 2020 census, and hackers' attempts to keep access to the system were unsuccessful, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The attack took place in January 2020 on... Read More

Census Data Puts Target on Rural, Rust Belt House Districts

While suburban congressional districts are swelling with new residents, lawmakers in large swaths of rural America and some Rust Belt... Read More

While suburban congressional districts are swelling with new residents, lawmakers in large swaths of rural America and some Rust Belt cities are in need of more people to represent.  In rural Illinois, Republican Rep. Mary Miller's district is short 73,000 people. In northeastern Ohio, Democratic Rep.... Read More

August 13, 2021
by Dan McCue
Census Data Shows America Growing More Diverse, DC Whiter

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to jump start the redistricting process across the country reveal an America that’s... Read More

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to jump start the redistricting process across the country reveal an America that’s grown more diverse over the past decade. The largest demographic increases came in the number of people who identified themselves as Hispanic, Asian or a blend... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top