Report: Trump Administration to ‘Cross-Check’ Number of American Citizens in 2020 Census

Census Citizen, Non-Citizen Graphic

President Trump’s administration will “cross-check” the 2020 Census, which will include a question as to whether U.S. residents are American citizens, in order to gauge an accurate measure of the citizen population.

A report by the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Trump administration is planning to check citizenship data it gets from the 2020 Census by accumulating more information on the citizen population through Social Security records and immigration statistics.

WSJ reports:

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s order, issued last week, requires the Census Bureau to collect data about citizenship status that can be matched accurately to each census form.

“At my direction, the Census Bureau is working to obtain as many additional federal and state administrative records as possible to provide more comprehensive information for the population,” Mr. Ross wrote.

The “cross-check” will mean the Census Bureau will be able to track down exactly where in the country voter dilution is occurring, the instance where voters who live in districts with large illegal alien populations have more power electorally than voters who do not live amongst large groups of illegal aliens.

The WSJ explains in detail:

It has asked for voting-age citizenship status totals for 11 million areas called census blocks, which in cities are typically a street block. An accurate count of where minority voters live could provide evidence of illegal “vote dilution,” where districts are designed to prevent such groups from forming majorities, the Justice Department wrote in December.

As Breitbart News reported, the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census is wildly popular with Americans.

Nearly two-in-three Americans, or about 66 percent, said the U.S. Census should ask respondents whether they are citizens of the country. Only about a quarter of Americans said they opposed the citizenship question on the Census.

Since 1950, the citizenship question has not been asked on the full Census, leaving the nation without an exact estimate of how many citizens are in the country and how many noncitizens and illegal aliens are in the country.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder


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