Holder: ‘the question could result in 6.5 million people not participating in the count…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is “deeply concerned” that the Supreme Court may let the Trump administration “weaponize” the 2020 census by adding a citizenship question.
“The Census Bureau’s own analysis found that the question could result in 6.5 million people not participating in the count,” Holder wrote. “Three federal courts have found that the citizenship question will lead to a grossly disproportionate undercount in certain states — including California, Illinois and New York — denying their residents the congressional and electoral-college representation that is their constitutional right.”
The census question is part of Trump’s “climate of fear” alongside his “anti-immigrant rhetoric and inhumane immigration policies,” according to Holder.
“Allowing the administration to demand citizenship information from every household as part of the decennial census for the first time in more than half a century would dramatically depress the count in areas with significant Latino and immigrant populations and would reposition political representation toward areas more likely to elect Republicans,” Holder wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
Holder said the public trust would “further erode” if conservatives on the Supreme Court allow Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.
He said the decision would be made along “ideological lines.”
He did not, however, mention the leftist ideology that has led some in the Democratic Party to oppose the citizenship question so that illegal aliens can vote and stifle the voice of American citizens.
The vast majority, 78 percent, of American citizens want the 2020 census to ask about citizenship, including 67 percent of registered Democrats.
Holder even claimed, without evidence, that Secretary Ross broke the law by attempting to add a citizenship question.
“The Commerce Department violated the Administrative Procedure Act in failing to appropriately test its proposed change to the census questionnaire,” Holder wrote. “Part of the purpose of the APA is to ensure that federal agencies do not inject ideological considerations into what are supposed to be fact-based determinations.”
Holder said the census is designed to count the number of “persons” in the United States, not citizens.