‘Democrats now fear that a full survey of U.S. citizens will hurt their political fortunes for years to come…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) As the Supreme Court prepares to approve the Trump administration’s decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is reminding voters how the Democrats began a partisan investigation to block it.
Jordan issued a press release accusing House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., of abusing the committee’s investigative power and resources to “interfere with the ongoing litigation over the citizenship question before the Supreme Court.”
According to a minority staff report, the Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee gathered evidence with the explicit intent of interfering in the Supreme Court case.
One Democrat even said that the committee is trying to “reveal something that the courts can use,” NPR reported.
“The Oversight and Reform Committee should not use its limited resources to interfere directly in matter on appeal before the Supreme Court,” the report said.
“The fact that Chairman Cummings is eager to do so—in the face of his prior statements counseling against such actions—shows just how desperate the Democrats are to prevent the Census Bureau from soliciting citizenship information.”
Jordan said it was inappropriate and partisan for Cummings to request that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reveal information during testimony about the Supreme Court case.
The report noted the nefarious beginnings of the investigation, given the fact that the purpose of the census is to document the number of citizens in the United States.
A citizenship question was on the census from 1820 to 1950 and is still on the American Community Survey every year.
Jordan said the Democrats are “fear-mongering” about the citizenship question, claiming it will harm minorities and illegal aliens, even though citizenship data cannot be used for immigration enforcement.
The census citizenship question may, however, affect the Democratic Party’s ill-gotten political gains by taking away voting power from states with high numbers of illegal aliens.
“Democrats do not want to know how many citizens there are in the United States,” the report said. “Although the Census Bureau solicits citizenship information from a portion of the population every year, Democrats now fear that a full survey of U.S. citizens will hurt their political fortunes for years to come.”
On issues beyond the citizenship question, Jordan has expressed dismay at Cummings’ decision to use the House Committee as a political weapon.