• When the DOJ lawyers can convince SCOTUS their reasoning isn't contrived, they can have the question.
    • Archie Bunker
      I understand that, but that's not what I'm asking. It's been on there in the past, what's the big deal about having it on there now? Why are people making it such a big deal?
    • mushroom
      The question had been on the long form census, according to "Nationwide, it goes out to one in six housing units. But to assure the same level of accuracy everywhere, a larger share of housing units in small towns and rural counties receive this form." The long-form census was replaced by the American Community Survey, which had been in the works since the 90s. But it is assumed that most undocumented residents live in cities and their families or hosts will be unwilling to complete a census which includes a citizenship question even if they, themselves are citizens. The push to add that on the current census was questioned because only a vague reason was given, which Justice Roberts called "contrived."
    • Linda Joy
      You won't convince me the question about computer usage isn't 'contrived' after what I've heard about politicians blocking social media posts of which they don't approve!
    • Archie Bunker
      The reason they may have given was contrived, but the reasoning behind it is valid. The census helps us with determining how many people who have to plan and take into account for in the budgets. Determining how many people are eligible for those monies is a necessary government function, the lawyers apparently didn't make a good case. And the interesting part is that the Court didn't say they couldn't ask that question, just that they gave a bad reason.
  • It should be there. And no ILLEGAL immigrant should be eligible for government funded benefits of any kind! Not even their trip back home. They or their country should be billed for it!
    • Archie Bunker
      I'm behind you 100%, Linda. I think the Dems want it on there because if they loose those people in the census, they stand to loose electoral votes.

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