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Should a Citizenship Question be Added to the 2020 Census?

In nearly 40 years of life I’ve seen a thing or two and learned the world is not as black and white as we often like to make it. People deemed bad are not always so and those who one would think to be good often disappoint. There is typically an unintended equal and opposite reaction to everything in the universe and it’s impossible to predict them all. That being said I never thought I would see the day when our own government is forbidden from asking one simple question. Namely, are you a citizen. Well that could be racist you say as it might only be asked of persons who look a certain way. Fine, let’s ask every human being living in American then. Would that be fair and equal? Apparently not to some as when the citizenship question was suggested to be added to the 2020 census they went nuts. Now people are losing their minds and meanwhile I’m just like, inquiring minds want to know. When the government cannot even ascertain just how many citizens live within its borders we have gone a bit too far my friends and I’ll tell you why.

Article 1 Section 2

In our beloved constitution comes the requirement in article 1 section 2 that a national census be taken every 10 years to apportion members of congress and so on. The supreme court has subsequently ruled that other questions could be asked in or to obtain valid statistical data. Presumably these are not questions like the NFL combine where college athletes are asked if they like girls and if their mother sells herself out. As a kid growing up it was a common insult to call someone’s mother a whore and I’d be fascinated to learn just how accurate we all were.

The 2010 census opted to ask 10 demographic questions. Among them were a person’s race, age and even the question “Does person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else.” Again, I’m fascinated to know how many “sometimes I kick it over at my girls house” answers there were in America. Last time you could even ask a person’s sex, but I’m thinking that question is going to get wild this time as a lot has changed in 10 years. But ask a person whether or not they are a citizen and everyone loses their minds. I actually don’t care if we add citizenship. I just think it is absurd to say that we cannot. 

The complaining people say is that it will cause certain minorities to refuse to participate in the census resulting in an under count of persons in the United States. Partisan complaints suggest this is politically motivated as illegal immigrants often gel in large city populations that are traditionally blue/Democrat. Thus, power will be shifted away these areas with the new question and lower response rate. Some think this is an intentional ploy by Republicans to do just that. Meanwhile, I’m just like inquiring minds want to know. How did we get to a point where the government is unable to ask a basic question about citizenship when counting its own people?

It’s Not about Immigration

To me it’s not about immigration at all although I know for many it is. I actually welcome immigrants to America, even the ones from the Sh*thole countries. If you don’t believe me just read my article titled Welcome to America Sh*tholes! Whereas I am opposed to illegal immigration I do not think ill of illegal immigrants at all. I don’t blame them for wanting to come to America and most are swell people. However, a nation should have borders for a reason. Were I a border agent I wouldn’t catch an illegal like I just tracked down Al Capone. Rather, I’d give the guy a noogie on the head and say, “Ha, I caught you there you little rascal now back you go there fella.” I support the rule of law, but I find it relatively pointless to track down and deport a 19-year-old whose only crime was to follow daddy across a river when he was 3 and is now serving in the military.

So whereas I welcome our guests, I must remind our esteemed guests that they don’t get to create rules in someone else’s house. That’s exactly what forbidding this citizenship question feels like to me. If I had a house guest for a week and that guest told me I couldn’t eat meat at all while she is there because she is a vegetarian then I have a problem. This is my house and I’ll eat meat if I want to and if that’s a problem there is the door. Listen up world, America belongs to Americans and if we want to know how many are actual citizens we can do that. If that causes you to hide and retreat from the questionnaire because you are here illegally then might I suggest you hide back across your original border. I hear our census workers tend to stop at those things called borders and you should be safe from being counted there.

It’s the same feeling I have against sanctuary cities. I don’t find any particular merit or value in going to round up a bunch fruit pickers or roofers that are doing no harm. But when you have the Mayor of Oakland warning her citizens of federal immigration raids then we have gone too far. Yes, that really happened and it put federal law enforcement officers in jeopardy. Spending massive resources hunting down every illegal immigrants seems expensive and unnecessary. But barring an officer from asking a question on citizenship after they have pulled you over for swerving over the road is absurd. It doesn’t have to be “lets go get the illegal” but it ought at least be able to be, “huh, I wasn’t even looking for you today but you fell right into my lap so there’s that.”

In Conclusion

I understand the constitution counts all individuals living in the United States and uses that number to allocate representation in Washington and that includes legal immigrants. But to be honest, I’m not entirely sure we should be using illegal immigrants in that count and I don’t think I was even aware that was being done. I live a couple of hours from the Canadian border and what’s to stop a horde of them coming down illegally during census time and helping my region pick up an extra congressional seat?

The point is that American can ask a basic question about citizenship in our own constitutionally required census if we want to. Guests that have overstayed your welcome, if that causes you to fear the mean census envelope then that’s on you my friend. I’m not terribly inconvenienced or worried about your presence here, but dang it buddy you don’t get to dictate the rules in my own house. Sanctuary cities are a problem in principle not because every illegal is a bad person. It’s just that a guest doesn’t get to dictate to its host which house rules they enforce.

Inquiring minds want to know exactly how many citizens and non-citizens there are in America. If you are a Democrat truly worried you will lose power if illegals are not counted then you need to be asking yourself why you draw your power from non-citizens over citizens. No wonder we get some of the crazy things we get out of Washington. So to immigrants of all varieties to include your run of the mill standard Sh*hole variety, I’m cool with you. But you need to know your role and smell what the census is cooking. It’s my country and I’ll ask citizenship questions if I want to. Then, we can all go get a drink afterwards.

If you made it to the end respond with one question you would add to the census if you could!

Jeff Edwards

6 Comments

  1. Definitely the “are you a citizen?” question. Second, I would ask what was asked of me at the end of my OCS gauntlet: “can you drink beer through a straw?”

  2. “Does every household member have three meals a day?” – we argue about gender identity, guns, abortion, and if Trump did or did not bang Stormy. How about if we ask if people are getting three square meals a day? I think many are not . . .

  3. Without a accurate count of “citizens” it skews the representation of “we the people”!

  4. THE DEMOCRATS DO NOT WANT CITIZENSHIP STATUS ON CENSUS!

    WHY? SIMPLY; CONGRESSIONAL SEATS ARE DETERMINED BY COUNTED POPULATION. THUS, CALIFORNIA FOR EXAMPLE WOULD HAVE MORE CONGRESSIONAL SEATS BECAUSE ILLEGAL ALIENS WOULD BE COUNTED.

    NOW SOME SAY….WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES LIKE SAY: TEXAS, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS; etc! YEP; CALIFORNIA HAS 53 OR SO SEATS, TEXAS HAS AROUND 36…….POSSIBLE THAT STATES WITH HIGH ILLEGAL POPULATIONS WOULD LOSE SEATS IF ONLY CITIZENS WERE COUNTED LIKE IT EXISTED UP UNTIL THE 1950’S!

    I SAY CITIZENS ONLY TO BE COUNTED..WILL BE FAIR FOR ALL CITIZENS IN ALL STATES!

    WHAT SAY YOU????

  5. Liberal are in agreement for illegals to be counted as it give inflated head counts and thus more representatives; typically voting democrats into office. Irony, that even if the illegals can not and do not vote; a skewed population count grants more representatives in districts which then would elect Democrats with slim margins!! Think about what I just wrote!!

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