WATCH: Huckabee Sanders Addresses Citizenship Question In 2020 Census

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took on criticism against the Census Bureau for asking if survey participants are U.S. citizens. California, and other liberal states, are taking the Trump Administration to court over the matter.

From The Hill newspaper In Washington:

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“The White House on Tuesday defended its decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, a shift that’s drawn sharp criticism and lawsuits from Democrats.”This is a question that’s been included in every census since 1965, with the exception of 2010, when it was removed,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.”We’ve contained this question that provides data that is necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters and specifically help us better comply with the Voting Rights Act.”

The official census, sent to every American once every decade, hasn’t included the question since 1950. However, it has been a question listed on other census surveys, such as the American Community Survey, which is regularly sent to households throughout the year. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the citizenship decision in a memo released Monday night. The seemingly arcane tweak drew an outcry from Democrats who warned that it could have a major impact on immigrant communities.

Census data helps the government allocate federal aid and draw state legislative districts. Critics warn that the question will chill undocumented immigrants from filling out the census, which could lead to less federal aid to areas with high undocumented immigrant populations. Democrats have met the change with efforts to sue and to attempt to block the change with legislation, although its unclear whether those avenues have legs.”

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Woody Swango
Woody Swango
2 years ago

Sort of proves point that they are favoring criminals over citizens. I am so happy I don’t live there.
Census is how you get government funds, guess they don’t need any.

Graywolf12
Graywolf12
2 years ago

The libs will fight this tooth and nail. They will loose big money, and Reps in congress. BOO HOO too bad that they will have to use legal means to win elections.

William
William
2 years ago
Reply to  Graywolf12

We need to get rid of Schumer and mcconnel and polusi the whore for starters.

Eunice LaSpisa
Eunice LaSpisa
2 years ago
Reply to  Graywolf12

well said graywolf! My granddad came from Germany went through Ellis Island to make sure he was not ill-they asked him what his occupation was in Germany-he responded cook-after he was allowed in to the U.S. they had to fill out census yearly-he had no problem with it. I believe the democrats are afraid of this because it will stop the illegals & related families to illegals from voting. Which illegals have no right to vote but they do. My thought is to avoid this problem only NATURAL BORN CITIZENS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. After all we should be the priority not the illegals.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

Whats wrong with this? If you aren’t a US citizen, you shouldn’t get a dime of federal money. The country (California at the top) has become a “cess pool” of illegals, expecting and demanding federal assistance! “NO MORE”!

Leeroy Smith
Leeroy Smith
2 years ago

I am disgusted with the Republican party. I am twice as disgusted with the Democratic party. Why is it so hard for Republicans to enforce the law of the land. What is it about “illegal undocumented” that you do not understand?
Why do Democrats so blatenly violate the law of the land? Is it because they know the Republicansd will not do anything about it?

Barbara
2 years ago

Would really love to see Rule of Law applied out here in California. History teaches us that before the decline of any major civilization there is moral decay. Civic morality is respect for legitimate law. In the USA it is the Constitution.
My mother Naturalized and so is aware of fundamental legal requirements of citizenship. Undocumented is illegal at a fundamental level. Try to explain a democratically elected Republic to someone who thinks this land functions Democratically (bully system).

Jeanne Stotler
Jeanne Stotler
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

My grandparents were immigrants as well, came here in 1890’s prior to Ellis Island, they not only had to pledge allegiance, but sign that they would not EVER become a burden to society, and that they could support their family. Bestapa was a baker and along with a son in law, worked long hours in their bakery, Bestama, took care of the 3 younger children and most likely grandchildren, We were all told Danish could not be spoke, we, kids, only knew few words.

robert chow
robert chow
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

why not remove federal funding, elector(s) college, representatives according to population since there is no verifiable proof who existed in these liberal states. no live body, no vote and no welfare handout. that’s why 10 years censorship is mandatory by law of the land.

Chuck
Chuck
2 years ago

It is beyond rational, human comprehension that a state, such as CA., would even contest this info, except that we know what they do is for one reason, and only one, that is to buy votes; IF the far left thought for one moment that the illegals would vote Republican, they would be ignored and this issue would drop out of sight immediately. Ca. and such others are an ignorant bunch of frauds still under the spell of the Alinsky type thinking. Res ipsa loquitur!

Gary Heil
Gary Heil
2 years ago

G** d*** Trivago commercial plays over and over preventing me from seeing Huckabee’s comments!

Maggie
Maggie
2 years ago

Asking about the citizenship status is the first step. Answers must be validated. Illegals have lied before, so once more would not be surprising.

Al
Al
2 years ago

That’s why we have a census.

Jonathan Baker
Jonathan Baker
2 years ago

I would think that every citizen would be against the act of breaking the law, which is what aliens are doing when they “jump the border” to gain access to our country. That is a crime punishable with up to six months of incarceration and up to $250 in fines for each illegal entry and then expulsion. Aliens who were once legal through having been issued a visa, but then do not return to their country prior to the expiration of their visa and are now illegal are subject to civil penalties and then expulsion.

Aliens who are here with valid, up to date visas have nothing to worry about. All the others are not playing by the rules, either criminally or civilly. They need to pay their debt and leave. They are welcome to return legally. We have a country governed by laws.

Keeping the above in mind, there is every reason to have the question of citizenship as part of the Federal census. It seems that there is a concern that subsequent federal grants based on populations will be smaller if illegal aliens are not counted. Well, there is a simple solution: help remove those who burden the system needing those monies so that the amounts granted are sufficient. If you have a leaking roof, should you go out and buy more pots to catch the water or should you repair the roof to prevent further leaking?

IOND
IOND
2 years ago

Administrations need to take a new step towards securing the country’s security. It is necessary that a presidential decree will soon enter into force prohibiting illegal immigrants possession of weapons! An illegal immigrant possessing weapons to be deported immediately.

Jumping Jack Flash
Jumping Jack Flash
2 years ago

The constitution requires a decennial census to apportion congressional representation among the states. If it is a requirement, and it is, it should be an accurate count of CITIZENS qualified to vote.

Rafael
2 years ago

California does not respect the laws, RED LIGHT, MEANS GO instead of stop, guess that none of the government people abide by that simple law, imagine going by the CONSTITUTION LAWS OF THE LAND. at last we will have a census that will curtail all illegals from voting and make the ICE, DHS, get all these degenerated, delinquents illegals, which by the way maybe some DEMOCCRATS, might be in the way out of our COUNTRY. The big difference between The President Donald Trump and Barrack Obama, is that Trump is an AMERICAN AND CHRISTIAN, we are tired of all these TABLOID SUPPOSE TO BE NEWS AGENCIES AND ANCHOR THAT HAVE NO DECENCY, MORAL, CNN HAS BECOME THE CESSPOOL OF INDECENCY LED BY HOMOSEXUALS WHOM HAVE NO CREDIBILITIES. As far as Obama, it was the worst time our country went thru and suffer the ineptness of incompetent Muslim whom hated the U.S. and to think that Hillary Clinton went along with that despot, shows that from the beginning of her life she was and still is A DELINQUENT, THIEF, AND FILTHY POLITICIAN WITHOUT DECENCY, MORAL, no wonder Bill had to look someplace else for pleasure,

Larry OBrien
Larry OBrien
2 years ago

What’s wrong with a citizenship question? They already have your name and address — unless you have something to hide, are you ashamed to tell people to what flag you owe allegiance? No one seems to care during the PROTESTS here in Mexifornia — the Mexican flag is regularly displayed.

grandma
grandma
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry OBrien

First and foremost the citizenship question legitimizes the ILLEGALS. IT is a completely moot point! Anything and everything that belongs to U.S. citizens ONLY, even granting ILLEGALS the right to answer a census, is a step in the WRONG direction. You begin traveling down the path that makes ILLEGALS out to be LEGAL citizens merely by assigning them rights that only belong to legal American citizens. In other words, the DEMONS have been allowed to control the narrative by changing the meaning of the words used. …IMMIGRANTS are NOT the same as an ILLEGAL aliens.
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And it all has nothing to do with being ashamed of this, that, and the other. It is simply a guilting into submission tactic used by the subversive deep state DEMONS!

grandma
grandma
2 years ago

And we all know the ILLEGALS are going to tell the truth! After all, they’re such swell, law-abiding folks who have never broken the law! But wait! They all got here ILLEGALLY!
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…Here’s a novel idea…Follow the LAW and kick their sorry rear outta here. Why waste time and money when we all know damn good and well they’ll lie through their teeth! And while you’re at it, kick out all the DEMONS in CONgress!

Michelle
Michelle
2 years ago

“Census data helps the government allocate federal aid and draw state legislative districts.” Sorry libs, sympathizers, and illegals, but there should be NO Federal Aid given to non-citizens and that’s exactly why the citizenship question needs to be asked. Our country should support OUR citizens, all others are free to go home and demand freebies from their OWN governments.

William
William
2 years ago

I agree

Judith Stockstill
Judith Stockstill
2 years ago

So the Dems and liberals are afraid of being found out. They don’t want the citizenship question on ballots since they are criminally allowing illegals to vote. This conduct is a continuance of the crooked Obama years when the Constitution and laws of the land were not adhered to beause they conflicted with what the Dems wanted.

G Trotter
G Trotter
2 years ago

Census data helps the government allocate federal aid and draw state legislative districts. Critics warn that the question will chill undocumented immigrants from filling out the census, which could lead to less federal aid to areas with high undocumented immigrant populations. Thats the whole purpose of the Census IF you (Insert State) want undocumented Immigrents then the YOU ( Insert State) pay for them. Dont deprive American Citizens and documented (Legal) immigrents of the resourses they deserve.

Brian gough
Brian gough
2 years ago

We will eventually get rid of the Illeagls

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

When is Sessions going to be replaced!

William
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Sessions is a Major disappointment. He can’t seem to grasp what his job is. Loretta was bad but sessions isn’t much better. Is he working for the American people or the Democratic party? Can’t tell.

Good Beer
2 years ago

To allow non-citizens to vote is absurd. Other than the U.S. which country allows foreigners
to vote in their elections? Just enter Mexico or any other close by country and see what meaasures
they take to get rid of you, after a stay in one of their jails. The laws here are clear: if you are a
U.S. citizen, you can vote after registering. I suggest that we use simple technology to identify
a legal voter: FINGERPRINT. You can only vote ONCE, but anywhere within your district.

Jan
Jan
2 years ago

Deport illegals. Send them and they can come back legally the way immigrants used to enter the US.

Original Anna
Original Anna
2 years ago

Wow, so the question is to make sure there is enough federal programs to support the illegals. In the first place, federal programs should not be available to illegals, illegals are not the responsibility of the federal programs which are actually U.S. taxpayer money. U.S. citizens are the responsibility of the federal programs because it is U.S. citizen’s taxpayer money that U.S. citizens want to pay to help other U.S. citizens. We have so many out of work citizens and homeless citizens and children who need help who aren’t getting the help taxpayers are paying for because the money supporting these programs is going to millions of illegal citizens of another country. My parents use to say before charity donations you make sure your own family has a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and a bed to sleep in and a school for education, than once you meet your responsibilities you can help others. This country is no way close to meeting its own responsibilities yet. Look around and see what neighbor is out of a job, has no car to get a job, can’t put enough food on the table and are relying on handouts because the gov’t programs aren’t doing enough for our citizens.

Ove Striegler
Ove Striegler
2 years ago

Please Mitch McConnelle stop raiding the money pit. Make it 51 votes to pass whatever in the Senate. It was that way until 1916, when the Senate changed the 51 vote to a 60 vote approval. Mitch, all you have to do is restore the vote since our beginning to the original vote of 51. Think of the possibilities? Mitch, Mitch, think of the possibilities.

S D of AZ
2 years ago

The dem wits said the same about every attempt to limit illegal and fraudulent voting as well. They said that the voters could not produce a photo id and proof of residency and citizenship too. Of course that is true of illegal aliens but NOT of any legal citizen whether a regular citizen or legal immigrant. Is anyone at all stupid enough to fall of this pretense too? How is giving information if you are a legal immigrant going to be suppressing immigrants? The line of thought in the dem wit and liberal world is irrational at best. Of course, if the illegals feel a chill then let that serve as a reminder that they should not be here and expecting a share of the public dole. And that is to be determined by the consensus.

Ove Striegler
Ove Striegler
2 years ago

Mr. Majority Leader,
How is it possible you cannot see what you are doing? Mr. Majority Leader, how is it possible that you choose not to see the solution to a quagmire? It must me money because it cannot be for love of the United States. Mr. Majority Leader, how can you not realize that 51 votes is the way? After all, as Harry Reid stated, it can be changed!

Mike F
Mike F
2 years ago

Maye the message has been lost, so – for NO CHARGE – I will bring it up again: ILLEGALS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE!

Terry Simpson
2 years ago

Illegals should have to go thru our decade old system, just like our for-fathers did at Ellis Island.
We can’t take care of our “own” and these illegals have trampled on our system to their benefit and the Democrats help them get there, a real crime. Charity begins at our home, not an illegals homeland.
Thank you, President Trump! Keep defending OUR COUNTRY!

Treva
Treva
2 years ago

Way past due! Thank you President Trump. Perchance citizens will be properly represented.

Terry
2 years ago

GOOD!!!!

Lynn
2 years ago

Right in the first paragraphs it states “more federal aid to areas with undocumented illegal immigrants! Like what? The children in this country from poor families already don’t receive the same benefits in schools, no free trips etc. like the illegal children do. We have families in this country that need help and the government should give more federal aid to those areas? We need to stop this madness!
The democrates forgets the legal voters in this country and know they can’t win unless they get the illegals to vote!

El Tejas
2 years ago

There is nothing to prevent someone from simply lying on the census. Nevertheless here are some suggested questions.
Place and date of birth.
If not born in the United States: date of naturalization and citizenship.
Education level.
Occupational skills.
Current employment.

William
2 years ago
Reply to  El Tejas

The Government must make a Voter ID mandatory. This bull that the impoverished and minorities can’t get IDs is Bull. There are two years between congressional elections and four between Presidential Elections. More the enough time to get a Voter ID. No excuses.

haz
haz
2 years ago

Answer the dam questions and forget about it !!!!!

Alan
Alan
2 years ago

Ask the question and show no apology. I want to know who is living in my country. If you are afraid to answer the question, what are you hiding? Knowing the composition of our country’s population is of paramount importance for proper governance. Anyone balking about answering a few questions is evading coming clean on a critical issue of some sort.
Withholding information is defeating the very purpose of any census.

Herbert Millman
2 years ago

California is placing our country in danger by not allowing our laws to be enforced for illegal minorities. Example: police chief in a town of Calf sent a letter out to the public, don’t worry if you committed a minor infraction of our laws or if you are an Illegal I will protect you. Why are they allowed to place the citizens of this country in harm’s way. Are there any answers???

Sue
Sue
2 years ago

Census data helps the government allocate federal aid and draw state legislative districts. Critics warn that the question will chill undocumented immigrants from filling out the census, which could lead to less federal aid to areas with high undocumented immigrant populations.
That’s the idea. If you are undocumented, you don’t deserve anything but shown the way out.

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