The media attention and frenzy surrounding the Trump administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census has led to a lot of hysteria and political rhetoric on television and social media platforms.
However, the frenzy is misplaced because the citizenship question has been on the Census before, as recently as 2000. Guy Benson at Townhall pointed out that this question fulfills many important policy goals:
- This citizenship question was on the long-form questionnaire from 1970 to 200, where one-sixth of U.S. households received it. Also, until 1950, it was a standard question.
- There is no part of the citizenship question that asks about legal status, so it does not threaten illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S.
- It is a move to help strengthen a part of the Voting Rights Act, per the Department of Justice, by reflecting the true number of U.S. citizens living in the U.S.