President Barack Obama is evidently making a bold attempt to politicize the decennial census,
in an effort to manipulate the boundaries of congressional districts and guarantee a
permanent Democrat majority in the Congress. In other words, he is paving the way
for someone else to engage in gerrymandering.
Constitutional Topic: The Census.
The Constitution includes the phrase "[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first
Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as
they shall by Law direct." Congress first met in 1789, and the first national census was held
The Census and the Constitution. The
Census Bureau estimates that the life cycle cost of the 2010 Census will be from $13.7 billion to $14.5 billion,
making it the costliest census in the nation's history. Suppose you suggest to a congressman that given
our budget crisis, we could save some money by dispensing with the 2010 census. I guarantee you that
he'll say something along the lines that the Constitution mandates a decennial counting of the American people
and he would be absolutely right.
Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info. The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers'
license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of
government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates.
Bureau Seeks to Hire Non-U.S. Citizens Ahead of 2020. The Census Bureau is pursuing a legal loophole that its
officials believe would allow them to temporarily hire non-U.S. citizens as part of its efforts to reach populations that are
difficult to count, including in non-English speaking and immigrant communities. People employed by the Census Bureau,
including those hired temporarily, are considered federal employees and are legally required to be U.S. citizens.
Specifically, the annual Appropriations Act prohibits the use of appropriated funds to employ noncitizens within the U.S.
Census Citizenship Question Exposes True Open Borders Agenda. The population count produced by the 2020 Census
will be the foundation for Congress' adoption of revised apportionment of the 435 seats in Congress. Does a new
apportionment based on new Census numbers mean a count based on all persons, all citizens, or something else? Such
questions will be debated in Congress and litigated all the way to the Supreme Court before we know the answers, but the
debate must begin with an accurate count in the Census.
and Barr counter-punch on the Census and illegal aliens. For decades, the question of including illegal aliens
in the official Census count for purposes of apportioning U.S. House seats and electoral votes has not been discussed.
The Census Bureau includes them, and then the states use the same numbers for drawing their internal lines for U.S. House
seats and state legislatures. Now, with the increased attention to illegal immigration, it has become apparent that the
issue actually involves two profound constitutional questions: first, whether illegal aliens must be counted for purposes of
apportionment, and second, whether a state must count them in drawing its internal lines. No definitive law exists on
the first question.
Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Included In The Census. It is useful to start with a not-so-hypothetical
possibility. Suppose that next April 1, the official counting day for the 2020 census, a caravan of 10,000 citizens
of Honduras storms across the U.S. border into Texas. Their leaders proceed to proclaim intent to remain as permanent
residents. According to the Census Bureau's Residence Rule, they can immediately fill out census forms and be included
in the population of Texas for purposes of determining the state's number of House seats and Electoral College votes.
Similarly, the 1 million people subject to final deportation orders who remain in this country must be counted. The
bureau's current test is whether someone resides here, regardless of legal status, and nothing in its rule excludes them.
Battle: Trump Signs Executive Order on Collection of Citizenship Data. President Donald Trump announced
Thursday that he will take executive action to direct the Department of Commerce to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizens from
records provided by federal government agencies. "I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal
government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens
in our country," the president stated in the Rose Garden of the White House with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney
General William Barr by his side.
out, Trump didn't give up on counting both legal and illegal US residents. You've probably heard a lot
overnight about President Trump backing down on trying to get a citizenship question on the census questionnaire next
year. Perhaps you too were surprised that this president who takes on even meaningless slights or disagreements on
Twitter would give up so easily. He didn't.
Trump to Unveil Executive Action on Census Citizenship Question. President Donald Trump is expected to announce new
executive action Thursday [7/11/2019] during a news conference on the 2020 census and his push to include a citizenship question.
Trump Must Ask About Citizenship On The Census. In Department of Commerce [v. New York], Chief
Justice John Roberts joined the Court's liberal bloc to temporarily enjoin the Trump administration from including the citizenship
question on the census. But as [Josh] Hammer argued in his op-ed, there appears to be an obscure constitutional rationale,
buried in the text of the little-used second section of the Fourteenth Amendment, that may actually require the president
to include the citizenship question on the census.
says DOJ has a new way to get the citizenship question on the census. Attorney General William Barr said Monday
[7/8/2019] that the Justice Department has a new legal strategy for adding a question about citizenship status onto the 2020
census, according to a new report. "I think over the next day or two you'll see what approach we're taking," Barr told
reporters in South Carolina. "And I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census." The
attempt by the Justice and Commerce departments to add the question was struck down by a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision.
of Hispanic voters approve of citizenship question on U.S. census. Two-thirds of voters approve of a
citizenship question on the 2020 census, and that includes a majority of Hispanic voters — despite claims by
Democratic lawmakers that the inquiry would discourage participation in Latino communities. A Harvard University Center
for American Political Studies/Harris poll found that 67% of all registered U.S. voters say the census should ask the
citizenship question when the time comes. That includes 88% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 52% of
Democrats. Most notably, the poll found that 55% of Hispanic voters favor the idea.
refuses to allow DOJ to change lawyers in census case. A federal judge in New York refused the Justice
Department's effort to change its legal team in a fight over President Trump's push to add a question about citizenship
status onto the 2020 census because they did not provide a sufficient explanation. "Defendants provide no reasons, let
alone 'satisfactory reasons,' for the substitution of counsel," wrote U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who is presiding over
one of three lawsuits that aim to keep to the citizenship question off the census. Furman said any future motions to
withdraw would need to be supported by a signed and sworn affidavit.
says Trump is trying to 'Make America White Again' with census question. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday
[7/8/2019] blasted President Trump's push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census as an effort to "Make America White
Again" — claiming, "it's not what our founders had in mind." "They want to make sure that people, certain
people, are counted," Pelosi said at a press conference in San Francisco that focused on election security. "Just their
people vote and not the general population," said the Democratic lawmaker. "That's why they're fighting the census."
want citizenship question on census, 53%-32%. Americans by a wide margin agree with President Trump that the
upcoming 2020 census should ask a citizenship question. The latest Economist/YouGov poll found that 53% feel it should
ask the question versus 32% who don't.
of Justice Has New Legal Team to Fight Census Battle. On Sunday night [7/7/2019] the Department of Justice
announced that it has a new legal team to fight the census battle unfolding in the court. The Trump Administration is
being sued by special interest groups for including a question on the 2020 census asking about the respondents citizenship
status. The DoJ said the agency is "shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers."
You Know Democrats Are Packing Congressional Seats Via Millions Of Non-Citizen Votes? Congressional districts
are allocated by CITIZEN population based upon the 10-year census. That's why Democrats and the media are now so
opposed to having a citizen question included in the census. They don't want Americans to know how many illegals are
directly influencing the U.S. government. These millions of illegals are canceling out the votes of citizens and
reshaping Congress, meaning those illegals are creating a Congress that works for them and not for you.
Citizenship Question Isn't Controversial. Obama Deleting It Should've Been. President Trump's citizenship
question on the upcoming U.S. census is, contrary to popular opinion, the norm for the decennial survey. Barack Obama
was the first President to exclude a question on citizenship in the U.S. Census. But today, the Trump administration is
being assailed from the Left for its efforts to include the question. The Left has responded typically, with accusations
of racism. The question of nationality, they claim, is a danger to immigrants. There has also been no shortage of
confusion as to whether President Donald Trump would go forward with its addition.
Court Says Citizenship Can Be Asked — So Do It. To be clear, I believe the President asking the
citizenship question is not only correct, but it is the only thing to do if one believes in the Constitution and the rule of
law. The Constitution requires that we conduct a census. We conduct the census every 10 years. It requires
counting "persons," but we have throughout our history counted persons and also asked other important questions, including
citizenship. It is my belief we should ask that question, and according to reliable polling, 88% of Republicans, 67% of
all Americans support the question being asked. Importantly, is the belief of the President and his administration that
we should include a question asking about citizenship. Doing so is important for numerous reasons.
Censoring the census.
The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because
we might learn and be guided by it. In last week's 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting the Trump
administration's claim that adding a question about whether a person is a U.S. citizen was for the purpose of helping to
enforce the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts left the door open for the administration to come up with a more
compelling reason. Whether this can be done in time for the 2020 Census is doubtful without an extension for document
printing. The court is on summer recess and won't revisit the issue, if at all, until its next session.
House Considering Executive Order on the Census Citizenship Question. The Trump administration has a 2pm
deadline on Friday [7/5/2019] to explain to a federal Maryland judge how it plans to proceed with the printing of the
census. The Maryland judge is just one of three judges presiding over different lawsuits brought against the Trump
administration regarding a question planned for the 202o census that planned to ask respondents if they are a U.S. citizen.
versus the Census. The real issue, as every fool knows, is that the Census includes illegal aliens for purposes
of apportioning legislative seats and electoral votes, a practice with profound effects on our political system.
Understanding the dimensions of the issue is crucial to the functioning of our polity. [...] The issue of the Census question
on citizenship is important, but more significant is a case in a U.S. District Court in Alabama, in which the state and U.S.
representative Mo Brooks claim that the Constitution actually prohibits inclusion of illegal aliens in the population base
for purposes of apportionment. The MSM pay no attention to this lawsuit because they want to keep the Overton Window
firmly fixed. But the plaintiffs have serious arguments, and even if they lose, they should open our collective eyes to
possibilities of congressional or presidential action.
the census citizenship question is about politics, not the law. In last week's 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court
rejecting the Trump administration's claim that adding a question about whether a person is a U.S. citizen was for the
purpose of helping to enforce the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts left the door open for the administration to
come up with a more compelling reason. Whether this can be done in time for the 2020 Census is doubtful without an extension
for document printing. The Court is on summer recess and won't re-visit the issue, if at all, until its next session.
Trump Slams SCOTUS Decision to Block Citizenship Question on Census — Seeks to Delay 2020 Census.
The President is now seeking to delay the 2020 census. "Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed
Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for
2020," Trump said. "I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States
Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical
matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a
Citizen. Only in America!" he said.
The Supreme Court
Just Ruled On The Census Citizenship Question. The Supreme Court ordered further proceedings in the dispute
over a citizenship question on the 2020 census form Thursday, saying the Trump administration apparently concealed its true
reason for adding the query. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the Court's opinion, portions of which were unanimous.
Court tosses citizenship question from 2020 census forms, a victory for Democratic states. The Supreme Court
ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census form that goes to
every U.S. household, giving a win to mostly Democratic populous states that said the question would discourage legal and
illegal immigrants from responding and make the population count less accurate. The court was deeply fractured on the
issue, but on the section that essentially eliminated the citizenship question, the vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John
Roberts joining the four-member liberal wing of the court.
Census Bureau to Use High Tech for Accurate Census Count. The Census Bureau is planning to use high tech aerial
technology to collect census data for the 2020 census. Images from remote communities will be used to determine
geographies, verify addresses and send workers out to collect information. Critics are worried that using traditional
methods or using telephones or the internet might disadvantage people who don't have access to those things.
The Editor says...
How many people do not have a telephone or internet access? Maybe one out of ten thousand? Do those people vote?
Would 9,999 out of ten thousand be an acceptably accurate count? This is a ruse, designed to facilitate census fraud, i.e.,
Census 'Controversy' That Wasn't. Should the U.S. Census Bureau know how many U.S. citizens are living in the
country? Most people support the idea that it's a reasonable question for the government to ask, which is why the census
has asked it in one form or another since 1820. The question has migrated across various Census Bureau forms; the 1960
census didn't include a citizenship question, for example, but instead asked about place of birth. The citizenship
question was included on the long-form census (which is sent to a smaller number of households than the short form) from
1970-2000; the long form was eliminated in 2010. But the Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey (ACS) has asked
about citizenship every year. Why? As the U.S. Census Bureau notes, "Agencies and policymakers use our published
statistics to set and evaluate immigration policies and laws, understand the experience of different immigrant groups, and
enforce laws, policies, and regulations against discrimination based on national origin. These statistics also help
tailor services to accommodate cultural differences."
Jordan: 'Why Don't Dems Want to Know How Many Citizens Are in Country?'. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted
his Democratic colleagues on Wednesday [6/12/2019] as the House Oversight Committee prepared to hold a vote on whether to
hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt over their alleged refusal to comply
with subpoenas relating to the citizenship question on the 2020 census. "The only [people] who don't want to ask the
question [are] Democrats in Washington," Jordan concluded.
asking who's a citizen in the 2020 census is 'totally ridiculous' says Trump. Donald Trump said Wednesday [6/12/2019] that
he favors a plan to ask United States residents if they are U.S. citizens when the once-a-decade census surveys people next year.
'I think it's totally ridiculous that we would have a census without asking,' he told reporters in the Oval Office. The president
asserted executive privilege over census-related documents earlier in the day, blocking House Democrats from learning what led Commerce
Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to restore the question which was part of the census until 1950.
stands up to Cummings on US census: 'Why don't the Dems want to know?'. Rep. Jim Jordan unloaded on
Democrats during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday [6/12/2019], asking what they were so afraid of in
asking a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee called out his
Democrat colleagues for wanting to push through a hearing before the Supreme Court rules on the issue.
Citizenship Question Is Racist? What About Clinton's and Obama's? The debate over the Trump
Administration's proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census is heating up again. A federal judge in New York
held a hearing on this question this week, and the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this matter by month's end. The
Right seems tongue-tied on this issue amid the Left's predictable and vile claims that this question is fueled by —
what else? — racism. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said the
citizenship question is "nothing more than a pretext to carry out the Trump Administration's racist agenda." [...] The fastest
way to humiliate the Left into silence on this matter is to display the images of the 2000 Census, in which Bill Clinton asked
the very same question. "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
on competence of census takers. Years ago, a whistleblower told me that census field operators were cheating on
surveys, particularly the ones for the unemployment rate that are done by the US Labor Department. Instead of actually
going up to peoples' homes, knocking on doors and questioning occupants, the surveyors were filling in the answers
themselves. This cheating even had a name inside the Census Bureau — "curbstoning." What that means is
that they sat on a curb and filled out the surveys themselves. That compromised the validity of the nation's
unemployment rate that's published monthly. There were congressional investigations and hearings, and things were
supposed to change — although I doubt they did since my whistleblower was punished for her conscientious efforts.
(She's now suing the government and hopefully she'll collect big.)
quarter of Americans don't trust Census on citizenship: Reuters/Ipsos poll. The Trump administration has
repeatedly assured Americans that it will not use data from a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census to target
undocumented immigrants. But more than a quarter of Americans don't believe it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Census Isn't a Threat to the Nation; Anti-Trump Hysteria Is. [Scroll down] President Trump, through his
commerce secretary, is asking people who respond to the census whether they are U.S. citizens. Could there be a thinner
basis on which to charge a president, not to mention the Supreme Court, with lawlessness? Mind you, the court hasn't even
ruled on the issue yet, but even if it does, it is the justices' prerogative to say what the law allows, not E.J. Dionne's.
Yet according to him, Trump's "brazen attacks on American institutions and the court's partisanship" are both the results of what he calls
"a radicalization of American conservatism." In what is a classic case of projection, he says that "Republicans and conservative
ideologues — including the ones wearing the robes of justice — are destabilizing our institutions in pursuit of power."
Census and Citizenship:
The Wrong Question. As is so often the case with Democrats, they're attempting to sell this one on the basis of
principle, when it's about power and nothing else. Congressional districts are apportioned on the basis of the census
count, which includes illegals. So not counting citizens of other countries in the census means fewer Democrats in
Congress. Population — of Americans and otherwise — is also the basis for handing out federal
grant money. These are the only reasons why Democrats don't want to scare off Mexicans and Colombians and Salvadorans
and Guatemalans from participating in the census. They also explain why when Democrats say they too want border
security, they're lying. They don't. It's not in their power interest to in any way slow the flow of undocumented
Democrats from south of the border.
Beware Soros-Funded Hijacking
of US Census. "Are you a U.S. citizen?" Only in self-defeating, sovereignty-eroding America is the idea of
asking whether people living in America are American citizens for the American census a matter of controversy. On Tuesday
[4/23/2019], the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on
the high-stakes 2020 Census questionnaire. Thank goodness, the conservative majority indicated support for allowing it.
There's already such a question on the annual American Community Survey administered by the Census Bureau. It was asked in
long-form questionnaires sent to a sample of households in 2000. And it was regularly asked in historical census forms from
the Supreme Court Get It Right on the Census Citizenship Question? Court watchers seem to think that the
Supreme Court will end up overturning a lower court ruling and allow the Trump administration to add a citizenship question
on the 2020 Census. The New York Times, for example, led its coverage of the arguments on Tuesday [4/23/2019] by saying: "The
Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the
2020 census, which critics say would undermine its accuracy by discouraging both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the
forms." Let's leave aside the newest euphemism for illegal immigrants. (Immigrants who are here illegally are "unauthorized"?
Does that mean bank robbers can say they're just making an "unauthorized withdrawal"?) The practical case against adding a citizenship
question falls apart once you start looking at it.
Court Signals Support for Trump's Census Citizenship Question. Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined
to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation
of congressional seats and federal dollars. In an 80-minute argument Tuesday [4/23/2019] that was both technical and
combative, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh directed almost all their questions to the lawyers
challenging the decision to ask about citizenship. Kavanaugh said Congress gave the Commerce secretary "huge discretion"
to decide what to ask on the census.
the Census Citizenship Question Matters. Much noise has been made about reinstating a citizenship question on
the 2020 census, the subject of Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments. The objections to the citizenship question revolve
around unjustified hysteria and the unfortunate, but growing, notion that citizenship doesn't matter. As attorney
general of Oklahoma, I filed an amicus curiae brief joined by 16 other states in support of the citizenship question, in part
to bring some sober thinking that should quell the unreasonable panic.
Tell Supreme Court How Illegal Immigration Increases Their Power. Liberals in the U.S. House of Representatives
and various state and local jurisdictions are asking the Supreme Court to join them in making a remarkable prediction:
Next year, they argue, unless the court acts now to restrain the Department of Commerce, vast numbers of illegal aliens will
violate a U.S. law that has profound constitutional consequences. This widespread law breaking, they predict, will
impact federal elections for at least 10 years. And, these liberals contend, the bad guys in this situation will not
be the illegal aliens violating the law but the federal agency trying to enforce it. We are talking about the 2020 census.
Sotomayor: Hispanics have 'rational fear' of Trump administration citizenship question. Hispanics have
"legitimate fear" of the Trump administration and its quest to query Americans about their citizenship on the 2020 Census,
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday, as the Supreme Court debated whether President Trump has the power to add the question
back in to the decennial count. The government's lawyer, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, was less than two sentences
into his argument when Justice Sotomayor pounced for the first time, keeping up a steady stream of questions suggesting
Mr. Trump and his team invented reasons to ask about citizenship, and that Hispanics, in particular, will refuse to take
part, souring the all-important survey. "Are you suggesting they don't have, whether it is rational or not, that they
don't have a legitimate fear?" Justice Sotomayor demanded.
Court to Hear Census Citizenship Question Case on Tuesday. The Enumeration Clause in Article I of the Constitution requires
a nationwide census be taken every ten years. The Census Act empowers the head of the Commerce Department to determine what the census
will ask, aside from the number of persons residing at every address in the nation. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided for the
Trump administration that the census will ask each person in the nation next year if that person is a citizen of the United States.
census approaches, many Arab Americans feel left out. Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he'll give
about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He's an Arab American, but the only race options on the
census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.
The Editor says...
This style of writing has become a cliché in the print media: The writer starts off with an emotional tale about
some likable (usually young) person who, presumably, has never done anything wrong in his or her life, yet he or she is now the hapless
victim of some government policy that the article is intended to change. It's propaganda masquerading as journalism, in other words.
In this case, the Associated Press wants us to feel sorry for the central character in this melodrama because he has to identify as
white. (Oh, how awful!) Is Muslim a race now? The sob story ain't workin'.
Asking People if They Are Citizens Serves 'No Legitimate Government Objective'. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D.-Calif.) put out a statement Monday [4/1/2019] supporting an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court by the Democrat-controlled
House of Representatives arguing that the Census Bureau should not be permitted to ask people in the 2020 census whether they
are citizens of the United States. [...] "The Department of Commerce's proposed citizenship question is both unlawful and unconstitutional,
violating the Census Act as well as the clear constitutional mandate of an 'actual Enumeration' of the people in our country in a way that is
accurate and nonpartisan," Pelosi said. "This question, by the Commerce Department's own calculations, would reduce the accuracy of the
2020 decennial Census, while providing no legitimate government objective." "Instead," Pelosi said, "it would inject fear and distrust
into our most vulnerable communities, potentially making traditionally undercounted communities even further under-represented, financially
excluded and left behind."
The Editor says...
A non-citizen is entitled to less consideration and privilege than a second-class citizen.
There are no "undercounted communities." It is not unreasonable to survey the population
looking for illegal aliens. Illegal aliens should be under-represented in Congress.
They are not supposed to be represented at all. That's what this whole issue is about.
Hice: Democrats Worried Census Citizenship Question Will Endanger House Majority. Last week the House
Oversight Committee held a hearing with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the Donald Trump administration's decision to add
a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Hice, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told
Breitbart News Sunday [3/17/2019] that America has had the citizenship question for decades and that it might impact
Democrats' future electoral strength in California because America would not count illegal aliens as citizens and California
might receive fewer congressional seats as a result. One New York Times study suggested New York and California
could lose one congressional seat each, while Colorado and Montana would each gain one congressional seat.
Jim Jordan: I Don't Know Why Democrats Don't Want to Know How Many Citizens Are in the U.S.. Rep. Jim
Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday that he didn't know why Democrats aren't
interested in finding out how many U.S. citizens live in the country, and he accused them of politicizing the 2020
Census. "I do not know why the Democrats don't want to know how many citizens are in the United States of America,
but for some reason, they're focused on this question. Maybe it's politics. It seems clear to me we are having
this hearing today for that reason. The majority insists on politicizing the 2020 Census," Jordan said in his
federal judge blocks Trump administration's citizenship question. A federal judge in California has blocked the
Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, ruling the decision to add the question is
unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the district court in San Francisco is the second federal
judge to reject the Trump administration's bid to include the citizenship question on the upcoming census questionnaire.
It's a fraught political issue, with Democrats calling the citizenship question a thinly-veiled effort to supress counting of
minorities — a charge Republicans roundly reject.
judicial travesty on the 2020 Census citizenship question. [Scroll down] Here's the reality: motive is
irrelevant. What [Wilbur] Ross said he wanted is one thing; he probably should have been more direct. But the right
to know isn't irrelevant. And all that's being asked for in that Census questionnaire is information — information
that every resident is legally bound to answer. The argument presented from the Left is that illegal aliens won't answer the
Census if a citizenship question is on it, and they must be accommodated. Yet not answering is exactly what's breaking the law,
not the question. Illegals have already broken immigration law by entering the U.S. illegally, setting up shop, having
citizen children, and taking jobs. Many have stolen Americans' identification either to steal money or to pursue work.
The fact that illegals are likely to display the same lawless attitude on the matter of answering the Census just illustrates the
chain of lawlessness surrounding illegal immigration. In squelching the citizenship question, the judge is ruling that the
Census should actually accommodate them, not the rest of us, and not the right to know.
calls citizenship question on Census a threat to democracy. A federal court on Wednesday banned the Trump
administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, saying even including the question at this point would
threaten the foundations of American democracy. Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling is the second to ding the administration
over the citizenship question. But where a court in New York gave the Census Bureau a chance at a do-over, Judge
Seeborg said there can't be "another bite at the apple." He issued an outright ban on including the citizenship question
in the 2020 count.
Democrats' 2020 Census Goal: Turn Purple States Irreversibly Blue. Reliably Democrat states such as
Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey each lost a seat following the 2010 Census, and New York lost two. Undoubtedly,
Democrats, usually guaranteed those states' electoral votes, would like to see gains there after the 2020 Census.
Electoral vote allocations from the 2010 Census expire after the 2020 elections; 2020 data will determine electoral votes
from 2022 to 2032. Do Democrats want the question included because they care about illegal aliens and legal non-citizens
having representation or because they care about counting bodies in swing and purple states, including historically red
states that are trending purple, such as Texas and Florida?
judge refuses Trump's request to delay ruling on census citizenship question so Supremes can rule. A federal
judge in California is denying the Trump administration's request to delay a ruling on adding a citizenship question to the
2020 census. Judge Richard Seeborg, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and an Obama
appointee, refused to stay the ruling following the government's request to await a US Supreme Court decision, The Hill reported.
Census: Should non-citizens be allowed to elect who governs us? In mid-January, a federal judge blocked
an additional question to the survey that wants to ask whether the participant is a U.S. citizen. The Supreme Court
promised yesterday [2/15/2019] to hear the case quickly so that the matter is resolved before the 2020 Census. The
Census is done every ten years so that Congress knows how to regulate federal money and can determine the representation of
districts. The number of electoral votes is also determined by the Census. Liberal leaders have long been
counting illegals in the Census to inflate representation, and then electing representatives who declare their area a
"sanctuary" for more illegal populations. This creates an endless cycle that damages our democracy.
Judge Declines to Block Citizenship Question From 2020 Census. A federal judge in New York issued a ruling last
month that the citizenship question was unlawful. The Supreme Court is deciding whether to take that on appeal. [...]
According to Benny Huang, illegal aliens also warp the census data so that big, liberal states such as New York and
California receive more representation in Congress than they are entitled to. They are literally stealing House seats
from other states.
Judge Declines to Block Citizenship Question from US 2020 Census. A federal judge ruled on Friday the US
government can include citizenship question on the US Census. It makes complete sense so Democrats are against
it. It also affects how much federal funding the sanctuary communities will receive from American taxpayers. So,
of course, Democrats are against this.
Is About Dollars and Votes. hile the national debate continues over how secure our border will be, another
aspect of illegal immigration continues to snake its way through the courts. In 2017, the Trump Administration added a
question about citizenship to the upcoming 2020 census; simply, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" Predictably,
the administration was besieged by lawsuits from the Left, calling such a question unconstitutional, illegal, "a direct
attack on our constitutional democracy," and predicting it would "inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities."
Never mind that questions about citizenship appeared on every long form census from 1820 to 1950.
In this age of contention,
even a simple census question prompts outrage. Questions for the census come and go through the years,
reflecting changes in society during the 10 years since the previous population count. When the country was largely
rural, for instance, the census asked about the acreage of specific crops. The first national headcount in 1790, which
found 3.9 million people in 13 states, also inquired how many white women and slaves lived in the household.
On its face, the new census question is quite simple really, asking if the respondent is a U.S. citizen. It was a
short-form census question until 2010, when President Barack Obama deleted it.
Blocks Trump Admin from Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census. A federal judge in New York blocked the
Trump administration Tuesday from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census. U.S. District
Judge Jesse Furman said that while a citizenship question is constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to follow
the correct procedure to include it in the forthcoming census.
Reasons The Case Against The Census Citizenship Question Is Wrong. This week, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman
ordered the Trump administration to drop its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form. Whatever the
legal merits of Furman's decision, the public policy arguments against adding this question back to the Census make no sense.
Blocks Trump Admin from Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census. A federal judge in New York blocked the
Trump administration Tuesday from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census. U.S. District
Judge Jesse Furman said that while a citizenship question is constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to follow
the correct procedure to include it in the forthcoming census. [...] The question which Ross sought to add reads: "Is
this person a citizen of the United States?" A question of such nature has not appeared on the census since 1950.
The Editor says...
Judge Jesse Furman was appointed by Barack H. Obama.
Judge Strikes! Admin Can't Ask on Census If One's a Citizen! An Obama federal judge in the southern
district of New York has ruled against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020
census. The Trump administration can't ask if someone is a citizen, even though it was done in 1950. U.S. District
Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the question on forms for the upcoming national
head count "without curing the legal defects", the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday [1/15/2019]. The
Trump administration announced last year that the 2020 census would include a question about U.S. citizenship status.
The left likes to call the question "controversial" because they disagree with it.
judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census. A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from asking about
citizenship on the 2020 census, ruling that the government cut too many corners in its decision-making on adding the question. The
ruling is a serious blow to President Trump, whose campaign has repeatedly bragged about the controversial question's inclusion.
Judge Jesse M. Furman, an Obama appointee to the bench, rejected immigrant-rights groups' claims that the question was motivated by
racism or other nefarious motives, saying those claims went unproven.
Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question Begins in California. A federal court trial began on Jan. 7 in San
Francisco, California, against the Trump administration's decision to reinstate a citizenship question into the 2020
Census. The trial, comprising of two related cases, challenges the department's decision to re-insert a question that
asks people to provide their citizenship status. This question was last asked in 1950.
Spends $100 Million to Maximize Census Cash Jackpot. California is spending over $100 million preparing for the
2020 Census to maintain its top spot to maximize the federal population spending jackpot. The key for California to
keep growing its top spot in state and local government spending that hit $587.9 billion this year is maximizing its number
of legal and illegal residents who currently justify $107.5 billion in direct federal transfers and about $376 billion
of indirect transfers to pay for federal salaries, income support, student financial aid, U.C. grants, corporate subsidies, and
a slew of other items. California has allocated $100.3 million for "outreach" this year to maximize the number of state
residents to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Only 10 other states have allocated any cash for "outreach."
California's funding is over 27 times the $2.3 million by number-two Georgia and 66 times the $1.5 million
funded by number-three Illinois.
Trump should win the Census
and citizenship fight. The question of whether the Census Bureau, in its fast-impending decennial survey of the
American public, should ask whether respondents are U.S. citizens is coming quickly to a head in a New York courtroom.
Federal judge Jesse Forman has indicated that a decision will come shortly. The citizenship question has not been asked
since 1950; the Trump administration wants to add it back in. The "central question" of the case, observes the
Washington Post, is "whether there is any clear purpose" to asking about citizenship. The truth is that there
are clear purposes in play for both Republicans and Democrats — neither particularly admirable. Yet on
balance, it's better for the administration to prevail.
court obliges Trump, will enter census citizenship fray. The Supreme Court announced Friday [11/16/2018] it
will grant an expedited hearing on the Trump administration's request to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020
census. The justices set oral argument for February, converting what had been a narrow request involving one part of
the case into a full grant of review. At stake is one of President Trump's key goals — asking people to
disclose their citizenship when they take part in the 2020 count.
Supreme Court Halts
Wilbur Ross Deposition On Citizenship Question In Census Form. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stopped the
scheduled deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a legal challenge to the inclusion of a citizenship question on the
2020 census form. The Monday night [10/22/2018] order was unsigned and the vote count was not disclosed, as is typical
of matters of this nature. The Supreme Court's decision will only remain in effect until Oct. 29, by which point
the Justice Department must ask the high court to make a final decision regarding Ross' testimony.
Win — Supreme Court Strikes Down Activist New York Court in Census Citizenship Ruling. The most
recent reviews of media presentations for this story (The Hill and CNN) reflect MSM disappointment that SCOTUS has ruled in
favor of the administration. The U.S. Commerce Department is adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. An
activist judge in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) — framing a challenge based on the question being discriminatory — ruled
that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must submit to a deposition to discover "the motives" of the decision. An appellate
circuit panel initially agreed with the lower court and ACLU lawyers. However, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the
Supreme Court to stay the circuit court ruling. SCOTUS agreed with the administration and blocked the ridiculous activist
lawyers from questioning the cabinet; the supreme court does allow the plaintiffs to question the DOJ civil rights division lawyer.
vows 'emergency' Supreme Court battles amid 'outrageous' discovery rulings by federal judges. Attorney General
Jeff Sessions on Monday lit into federal judges for what he called a dramatic uptick in "outrageous" decisions threatening to
interfere with the separation of powers by exposing internal White House deliberations. In a fiery speech to the
conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, Sessions warned that "once we go down this road in American government, there
is no turning back." [...] Sessions specifically singled out New York district court judge Jesse M. Furman, who ruled that
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could be questioned in an ongoing lawsuit concerning the legality of the Trump administration's
decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Citizenship and the
Census. A question about citizenship status was included in one form or another in every decennial census from
1890 through 1950. In subsequent censuses from 1960 through 2000, that item appeared in the so-called long-form
questionnaire, mailed to a sample of 15 percent or 20 percent of the population; it was not included in the short-form
questionnaire administered to the other 80 percent to 85 percent of households. The Census Bureau continues to
include the citizenship question in its more detailed American Community Survey (ACS), administered to samples of the population
every month, with cumulative results summarized annually. With the inauguration of the ACS in 2005, the Census Bureau
decided that it could dispense with the long-form questionnaire in the 2010 census while administering the streamlined short
form to the entire population. When the long form was discarded, the citizenship question disappeared along with it,
and thus was not included in the 2010 census.
third term: 13 times courts said Trump must continue Obama's lawless policies. [#6] Take the Census, but don't
find out who's a citizen: In July, Judge Jesse M. Furman indicated during oral arguments that he would side with the
liberal states suing the Department of Commerce for adding a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. Granted, it
was not just Obama who stopped asking this all-important question, but this question was asked from the founding on up
through the 1950s. But Trump can't simply restore this commonsense practice.
go wild over 'Are you a citizen?' on census. Democrats became apoplectic when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced
that the 2020 Census would include a question about citizenship. Led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose state
incidentally boasts the largest number of illegal aliens in the country, Democrats filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Census Bureau
from including a question on citizenship. Senate Democrats also demanded hearings on the matter. Yet some of those same
Democrats are pushing passage of The Census Equality Act to include questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity on the
who refuse to answer 2020 census citizenship question [are] unlikely to be prosecuted. People who refuse to
answer the citizenship question on the 2020 census are breaking the law — but there is little chance they will be
fined, much less sent to jail, for their obstinacy. It has been nearly a half-century since anyone was prosecuted for
refusing to answer, and legal analysts say the law is now more of a prompt than a threat backed by punishments.
Although census takers always encounter refusals, the number next time could be higher than average thanks to the question
that the Justice Department sought and the Commerce Department agreed to add to the decennial count. The Commerce
Department oversees the Census Bureau.
administration showed 'bad faith' in adding citizenship to census, judge says. A federal judge expressed
skepticism Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question onto the main 2020 census, saying the
states have made a good argument that the federal government acted in "bad faith." U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman,
an Obama appointee, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initially claimed that he added the question at the request of the
Justice Department was undercut by his recent admission that he was thinking about it even before then. He ordered the
government to disclose a host of information on its decision-making, and signaled he's unlikely to toss the lawsuit, as the
Trump administration had asked.
Bureau Has Been Co-Opted by Leftist Ideologues. Whether you are a citizen or not is a valid question in a
civic-minded constitutional democracy. Whether your parents are ethnic Chinese born in Peru or you are a nonpracticing
heterosexual, not so much. And yet, the inclusion of a citizenship question and other changes rightly being made by the
Trump administration to the 2020 census caused a lamentably predictable furor on Thursday [6/14/2018], at the first day of the
spring 2018 meeting of the Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations.
William Lacy Clay on 2020 Census Citizenship Question: 'American Version of Ethnic Cleansing'. Democrats who
oppose the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census held a press conference at the
Capitol on Tuesday, including Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO), who compared it to killings based on race. "Let's
not fool each other," Clay said. "We know what this is." "This is the Trump administration's American version of
ethnic cleansing in order to blur the lines of accuracy in the Census," Clay said. "That's what this question is
about." "That's what the motivation is," Clay continued. "This is to have an inaccurate Census so that they can
continue denying the fact that this country is becoming more browner and blacker."
Gov. Brown Wants to Ensure 'Every Californian Is Counted' for 2020 Census. California Gov. Jerry
Brown (D.) is voicing opposition to the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship status question on the 2020
federal census, and he is not taking any chances the census might result in his state losing billions in federal funding or
decrease its congressional representation. Brown signed an executive order Friday creating a 25 member commission
to guide outreach efforts in preparation for the 2020 census, according to The Los Angeles Times. The governor's
announcement comes as the Trump administration plans to move forward with its plan to include a citizenship status question
on the federal census questionnaire. The commission will outline engagement and outreach strategies, including
multi-language advertising campaigns, to ensure as many Californians as possible, regardless of citizenship, participate in
the decennial count. Brown's commission includes experts from the fields of media relations, civic engagement, LGBTQ
advocacy, and business, amongst others.
Citizenship Question: 5 Arguments Against It — And Why They're All Bogus. Critics say that the constitutionally
mandated decadal Census isn't about determining citizenship levels. It's simply about counting the total population to determine
congressional representation. And that's true. However, the Census has always asked a multitude of questions beyond simply
how many people live at a particular address. The 2010 Census asked about age, race, Hispanic origin. In the past, the
Census form asked about occupation, education, even indoor plumbing. What's more, the citizenship question was part of the
Census form all the way through 1950.
Island considers cash incentives to win new residents before Census. One Rhode Island state representative
wants to pay cash to people willing to move there, as the state faces the prospect of losing half their congressional
delegation after the next census and reapportionment process. State Rep. Carlos Tobon (D) has introduced
legislation that would give families $833.33 per month — up to $10,000 — to move to Rhode Island for a
year. Those families would be counted in the 2020 census as Rhode Island residents. The goal, Tobon said, is to
attract enough residents to maintain Rhode Island's two seats in the House of Representatives at a time when most population
projections show the state has not grown fast enough to warrant two seats.
The Editor says...
This could be construed as buying votes. If you accept compensation to reside in a state for a year, specifically for the purpose
of tampering with the outcome of the census, which then amplifies the power of that state in the House of Representatives, you abetting an attempt to
affect the balance of power in the Congress. Are you willing to relocate to another part of the country at the request of the highest bidder?
To migrate across state lines for a better job is one thing, but this bonus is for one year only, and $10,000 is not enough: That's not much more
than it would cost most people to move to Rhode Island, and it's certainly not enough to compensate for the high cost of living there, not to mention
the cost of heating one's house in Rhode Island's long winters. None of this matters much, because the idea is unlikely to become law.
Where is the State of Rhode Island going to get ten thousand dollars, multiplied by the number of additional residents they'd need to acquire
another seat in the House of Representatives? That would be a lot of money.
Census: Counting Citizens Likely to Shift Power from Illegal Alien-Flooded Coasts to Middle America.
Counting American citizens on the 2020 Census, as President Donald Trump's administration has announced they will do, is
likely to shift power away from coastal states harboring large illegal alien populations and towards middle America.
The addition of the citizenship question to the Census does not come with the mandate that congressional apportionments for
each state will be based on the number of citizens, rather than entire populations, including citizens, noncitizens, and
illegal aliens. Down the road, though, should Congress choose to apportion congressional districts based on the number
of citizens rather than the entire districts' population, states with large illegal alien populations would likely lose a few
congressional districts, while states with few illegal aliens could gain districts.
Immigration Gives Cities Political Power. The Commerce Department has announced that a question will be added
to the 2020 Census asking about respondents' citizenship status. Democrats have responded with fury, and twelve states,
led by California, will be suing to stop the change. While their argument is that the question will discourage illegal
immigrants from participating in the survey, there is another, related reason why the urban elites who now dominate the
Democratic party are afraid of this simple question.
million could skip census because of citizenship question: Report. The man who ran the 2000 census for
the Clinton administration predicted Friday that more than 24 million people may refuse to take part in the 2020 count now
that the survey is going to ask about citizenship status. Robert Shapiro, who was under secretary at the Commerce
Department during the 2000 count, called the decision to ask about citizenship "dangerous." He predicted 6.8 million
illegal immigrants will duck the count altogether, as would about half of the 8.8 million legal residents who live in a
household with an illegal immigrant present. The other half, he said, will likely lie and claim the illegal immigrants
are citizens, further distorting the count.
frivolous lawsuit against Trump's census question. A new lawsuit by liberal state attorneys general is trying
to stop the Trump administration asking people whether they are citizens on the 2020 census. This was as inevitable as
night following day. But can this case be taken seriously, and should it be? It may be that the citizenship
question simply encourages people to lie. But it cannot be reasonably claimed to violate anyone's constitutional powers
or rights. If you don't like it, pass a law. If you can't pass a law, too bad.
Census Citizenship Question Helps Black Americans. After the Commerce Department decided to ask if people
filling out the census are citizens, the crazed racial Left mobilized and called the change the return of Jim Crow. [...]
Anytime honest elections are promoted, Jim Crow appears.
get over it, we must ask about citizenship! Liberals are outraged over the Trump administration's decision to
include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The query, they say, may deter some people who are in the country
illegally from participating in the decennial headcount. So what? The census will provide the data for how
hundreds of billions of dollars in federal program funds are distributed, and also determine how many seats each state has in
the House of Representatives, as well as how many Electoral College votes go to each state. None of those questions
should be influenced by the presence of undocumented people. People who are not citizens are not allowed to vote.
So why should they be given representation in Congress? Should Arizona get more seats in the House because it has a
large population of undocumented people, giving it more clout than Maine, for instance, that has few? No, it should
not. But it does now.
citizenship question is just plain common sense. The United States — like any sovereign nation —
has a right to know who its citizens are. And who, within its borders, is not a citizen. The Trump administration has
announced it will include a citizenship status question on the national census that is conducted every 10 years, beginning in 2020.
and the Great Unmasking of the Left. California's attorney general, Xavier Bacerra, announced his intention to sue — on
unspecified grounds — to prevent the federal government from inquiring about citizenship status in the 2020 census. Citizenship
is being declared irrelevant, which has been a long term goal of the Left, but one that they have been hesitant to publicly embrace.
The notion that someone who violates the border and enters the United States has the same status as people who are citizens is repellant
to most Americans, because they value the rights and respect the responsibilities of citizenship, and take pride in being citizens.
leftist romance with lawlessness. Over the years, the Census Bureau has asked all sorts of questions.
Do you have running water? Do you use a toilet? Bath or shower? Working telephone? What is your
monthly mortgage? What color is your skin? These are all fun questions. But none of them has anything
to do with whether the people in the residence should be counted for the purpose of determining equal representation in
Congress. "Are you a citizen?" That most certainly does. We could have a debate about whether legal
residents who are not citizens — but in the country legally — should be represented in Congress. But how
dare any politician dilute the rights of legal American citizens by granting the exact same rights and representation in
Congress to illegal aliens. These are the same devious politicians who proclaim most loudly to want to protect and
guarantee equal representation in Congress for minority citizens such as black Americans. Yet they eagerly diminish
that representation by lumping in illegal aliens.
Prince George's County, Maryland Sue Feds Over 2020 Census Preparations. The NAACP and Prince George's County,
Md., are suing the federal government over 2020 Census preparations in an effort to prevent "African Americans and other
people of color in communities" nationwide from being undercounted. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of
Maryland, "seeks to compel the Bureau of the Census, an agency within the Department of Commerce, to prepare for and conduct
a full and fair Census in 2020, as the U.S. Constitution expressly requires." "The NAACP is committed to ensuring that
the 2020 Census does not systematically undercount communities having large African-American populations, such as inner-city
neighborhoods, while substantially overcounting communities that are less racially diverse," NAACP President and CEO Derrick
Johnson said in a statement.
the Real Reason Dems Oppose Census Change. Monday's announcement that the U.S. Census Bureau will include a
citizenship question in its decennial head count in 2020 sparked all kinds of caterwauling from the Left and a legal
challenge from the Golden State. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla called the move an attempt "to stoke the
fires of anti-immigrant hostility." Government funding is based, in part, on population figures. But Mark
Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said on "The Laura Ingraham Show" Tuesday
[3/27/2018] that California politicians are most concerned about the loss of congressional seats.
run scared over census citizenship question. Apparently, asking people in the U.S. whether they are citizens of the U.S. or not, in the
decennial census, is presenting a big crisis for Democrats. [...] The argument goes that illegals won't answer the census out of fear that their
immigration status will be found out and then not be counted in the census. If a lot of them refuse, then Democrats could lose seats in
Congress. It says a lot about the base of the Democratic Party that non-citizens are that important to them, the very basis of why they
are in office at all. Talk about foreign influence in the U.S. elections.
Changes to Census Are 'Designed to Drive Down Participation and Benefit Republicans Politically'. Since the
announcement from the Commerce Department that the 2020 Census questionnaire will include a question asking participants
whether or not they are citizens, the hosts and guests of CNN's New Day have been working overtime to try and convince
Americans that this proposal is racist.
in the US is it controversial for the census to ask about citizenship. The public should applaud the Trump
administration and the Commerce Department for reinstating a citizenship question on the 2020 census form. Despite the
howls of hysterical protests coming from political partisans, this is long overdue and in accord with historical practice.
The Constitution requires an "actual Enumeration" every decade, and the priority of the census, as outlined by Karen Dunn Kelley,
the under secretary for Economic Affairs at the Commerce Department in her March 26 announcement, is "obtaining complete and
accurate data." That data is used for everything from enforcement of the Voting Rights Act to the distribution of federal
funding. We have also been in the midst of a contentious debate for more than a decade about immigration. To have an
informed debate, shouldn't we have accurate information about the citizen/noncitizen population of the country?
states sue Trump over census citizenship question. Democratic attorneys general in several states said Tuesday
[3/27/2018] they would bring legal action to stop the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship to the next
U.S. census, a question they said would lead to serious undercounts that could reverberate for years to come. The
administration said late Tuesday it would include a question on the decennial survey that would ask whether respondents are
Department Puts U.S. Citizenship Question Back on Census. In a historic moment for President Trump's administration,
Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced that a question asking United States residents if they are American
citizens will be placed on the 2020 Census.
group will fight citizenship question on census. A Democratic group headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder will go to court over a decision by the Commerce Department to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.
Holder said Tuesday [3/27/2018] that the group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, would fight the Trump administration's
decision, arguing that including a citizenship question would drastically lower the response rate on the 2020 census and lead to an
inaccurate count. "We will litigate to stop the Administration from moving forward with this irresponsible decision," Holder
said. "The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy."
The Editor says...
Exactly the opposite is true. Allowing non-citizens to live in this country illegally, and absorb all the handouts they
can find, and vote, and affect the allocation of congressional districts, is a threat to our republic.
to sue Trump admin over citizenship question in 2020 census. California on Monday [3/26/2018] promised to sue
the Trump administration over its decision to ask the 2020 census respondents if they are citizens of the United
States. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the suit against the administration late Monday on
Twitter, saying the measure would be unlawful.
Census to include citizenship question. President Trump's Commerce Department said Monday evening that the 2020
Census will include a question on citizenship, despite the strong objections of Democrats. Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross announced his decision to reinstate the citizenship question in a post on the Commerce website. The citizenship
question has not appeared on the census since 1950, but Ross argued that collecting citizenship data has been "a long-standing
historical practice." The Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly pushed for
inclusion of the question, arguing that it would allow the the department to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.
Politicians: Putting Citizenship Question on U.S. Census Would 'Violate the Constitution'. A group of
left-wing politicians from across the country assert that asking United States residents on the U.S. 2020 Census if they are
citizens of the country would "violate the Constitution." In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, —
who will decide if the citizenship question is placed back onto the Census — Gov. John Hickenlooper of
Colorado and 19 left-wing Attorney Generals from states such as New York, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut are
urging that residents not be asked if they are U.S. citizens or not on the 2020 Census.
Kobach: Democrats' 'Dirty Little Secret' Is Excluding Citizenship Question on U.S. Census. During an
interview with Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday [2/19/2018], Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial
candidate Kris Kobach says the Democrats' "dirty little secret" was the exclusion of the citizenship question on the United States
Census. Kobach explained how excluding the question asking U.S. residents if they are citizens has impacted on nationwide
elections, congressional districts, and remains a provision Democrats are committed to fighting.
AG Threatens to Sue if Trump Administration Places Citizenship Question on Census. California Attorney General
Xavier Becerra is threatening to sue if the Trump administration includes a question regarding citizenship on the 2020
census. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Becerra worries citizenship questions will dissuade some
California residents from taking the census, thereby under-representing themselves and running the risk of a loss of federal
funding for certain parts of the state.
AGs press Trump officials not to include citizenship question in census. State Attorneys General Xavier Becerra
(D-Calif.), Eric Schneiderman (D-N.Y.) and Maura Healey (D-Mass.), joined by 16 others sent a blistering letter Monday
warning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross against approving a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. Doing
so, they said, would be unconstitutional. Also, adding a citizenship question this late in the planning for the 2020
Census, they argued, "would significantly depress participation, causing a population undercount that would
disproportionately harm states and cities with large immigrant communities."
Democrats Really Don't Want To Reinstate The Citizenship Question On The U.S. Census. Most people wouldn't take issue with the U.S.
government inquiring about citizenship status in a population census, but in 2018 some Democrats consider it a radical act to ask the simple
question, "Are you a U.S. citizen?" Perhaps this doesn't surprise you given the way liberals responded to Democrats' loss in the government
shutdown fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and their outrage over the White House immigration plan that would grant
1.8 million of them amnesty (a framework ironically also panned by immigration hawks on the right). Still, the brazenness of the
liberals' indignation over this census question is really something to behold.
Census fails to add MENA category: Arabs to remain 'white' in count. The US government has rejected a
push by Arab American advocates and organisations to add a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) category to the US Census,
meaning that people stemming from the region will be counted as "white" for another 12 years at least. In spite
of years of research and the recommendations by numerous experts and census officials, the Census Bureau announced on Friday
[1/26/2018] that a MENA category will not be adopted.
Tries to Block Census from Adding Citizenship Question as DOJ Requested. D.C.'s delegate to Congress said
Monday that she'll introduced legislation in an effort to block the Census Bureau from asking questions about citizenship,
nationality or immigration status in the 2020 survey. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she was spurred to take
legislative action after a Dec. 12 letter from a Justice Department official asked Acting Census Bureau Director Ron
Jarmin to reinstate a citizenship question on the survey.
2020 Census May Cost California [a] Congressional Seat by Counting Citizens. Democrats fear the Trump
administration's re-reinstatement of citizenship questions on the 2020 U.S. Census will cost California a Congressional seat
and billions in funding. The number of U.S. House of Representative seats was fixed by law in 1911 at 435. The
"enumeration" requires at that each state have at least one Representative, and the other Representatives are allocated
according to population as determined by the U.S. Census every ten years. Based on the 2010 Census data, California
received the most, at 53. But Politico reports that could change with the Department of Justice sending a letter on
December 12 to the Census Bureau asking that the citizenship question eliminated in 2010 during the Obama administration
be reinstated for the 2020 Census.
one potential Census question that terrifies liberals. Liberals, in general, love the Census. It's full
of questions about race and sex, the common fault lines by which liberals love to divide society. They are even adding
a question to the next Census to find out your favorite kind of sex, or approximation of it. But one question liberals
don't want to know is whether the person answering the census is an American. They fear that if there is a question
about citizenship, that illegal aliens won't fill it out.
Pushing For Citizenship Question on Census Forms: Report. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking the
Census Bureau if a question on citizenship status could be added to 2020 census forms, according to a letter first reported
by ProPublica on Friday [12/29/2017]. The DOJ letter, dated Dec. 12, said including a question on citizenship would
allow the the department to better enforce the Voting Rights Act. "To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs
a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected,"
the letter said.
Sets Sights on Post-2020 Redistricting Efforts at D.C. Fundraiser. On Thursday [7/13/2017], former President Barack Obama
made his first political appearance since leaving office in January at a private fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting
Committee (NDRC). The event was put on to help bankroll the effort of Democrats to take back power after a devastating loss last
November. It was held in a private home and was attended by Obama's former Attorney General Eric Holder and House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi. Holder is currently leading the NDRC. Prior to his appearance at Thursday's [7/13/2017] fundraiser, he held a
pep talk for a group of liberal lawyers and activists in San Francisco and encouraged them to keep fighting President Donald Trump and
senator voices concerns about pro-Dem firm working 2020 Census. Concerns are being raised on Capitol Hill about
whether partisan politics could impact the 2020 Census and swing congressional redistricting in favor of Democrats. Fox
News has learned that last summer, a pro-Democratic analytics firm that describes itself as "a platform for hope and change"
was included as a subcontractor in a $415 million advertising contract for the 2020 Census. The data firm, Civis
Analytics, was founded by the chief analytics officer on former President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
Obama, Holder, and
tyrannical judges put liberty in the crosshairs. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the possible 2020
presidential run by Barack Obama's gun-running buddy and fellow race-baiter, former US Attorney General Eric Holder.
Not surprisingly, some of my readers dismissed the possibility that Holder could be a serious threat if he were to be the
Democrat nominee, even though I warned against taking such a position based on the "behind-the-scenes" work he is doing with
Obama. Well, the wheels of their agenda will be put in motion later this week. One of the ways Holder and Obama
are hoping to shape the political landscape is through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC). This group
is working at the grass-roots level to elect enough Democrats in state and local government over the next few years, giving them
the power to control Congressional Redistricting after the 2020 census.
Director Resigns As Agency Faces Funding Debate. As work gears up for the 2020 Census, the bureau announced on
Tuesday [5/7/2017] that Director John Thompson will leave the agency next month instead of at the end of the year. [...] Thompson
was confirmed as director in 2013 and before that worked in the bureau for 27 years.
More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse. Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults — in
the 18-to-34 age bracket — were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents' home. But that
is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. "There are now more young people living with their parents than in any
other arrangement," says the Census Bureau study.
Cities Encourage Illegal Immigration. The Census Bureau estimates that the proportion of non-citizen population in the states varies from
14% in California to less than 1% in West Virginia. This has a direct impact on the states' political power. California, on its way to
becoming the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House (and consequently Electoral College votes) counting its non-citizen
population than if House seats and Electoral College votes were based on only citizen population. No wonder California politicians favor illegal
immigration. [...] The 2020 census is not so far away. Congress should pass a law providing that the 2020 census count the citizen population as
well as the gross population. This way states wishing to apportion based on the citizen population would have the information to do so. In
addition, the results of these parallel counts would illuminate the selfish motives of sanctuary cities, and build support for a constitutional solution.
LGBT community is fake news. For everything there is a season, and for many the Time of Trump is the season for
perpetual outrage. The latest horror is over President Trump's supposed "erasing" of the LGBT community, because the
2020 Census isn't asking any questions about sexual orientation or gender identification. Yet the Census has never
asked about either — and all decisions are still being made by Obama appointees.
administration nixes sexual orientation questions on 2020 Census. The Trump administration canceled plans to
probe Americans for their sexual orientation in the 2020 Census, nixing efforts by congressional Democrats who'd wanted a
better picture of the country's increasingly complex family and sexual dynamics. Gay-rights advocates had been pressing
for the questions, saying it was time the country got an official count.
festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore. [#5] The connection between illegal immigration and California's electoral power:
California declared itself a sanctuary state and now houses a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants. The elected officials at all levels of
that state government will openly defy any attempts to enforce existing federal law that could reduce the number of illegal immigrants. The
massive presence of illegals distorts our representative system. There are at least 4 million illegals in California. It
requires a special liberal variety of naïvité to believe that none of them votes. Even if none does, they are all counted in the census,
which determines congressional representation and some federal funding allocations. If only citizens were counted, California would have
five fewer congressional seats and electoral votes. Those seats would go to, for example, Ohio (2), Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The
Democrats who've declared California a sanctuary state know exactly what they are doing.
Hour Changes to the Census: Newly Proposed Racial Categorizations. Two proposed changes stand out: the
first would create a new ethnic group by bringing together people who originated in the North Africa and the Middle East
(MENA), and the second would eliminate a question on race for Hispanics, effectively making "Hispanics" their racial
identifier. OMB calls this a "limited revision," but the changes would impact many areas including congressional
redistricting and affirmative action programs. Currently Hispanics mark two boxes, an ethnic one for Hispanic, a second
one for race. Thus over 50 percent of Hispanics (29 million in the 2010 census) are categorized as white. Since
Hispanics account for 75 percent of the growth of whites today, preventing them from being identified as white in government
statistics would have real and important effects.
President Obama to Create New Racial Category. As if the irony of Barack Obama having been dubbed the first "post-racial president" wasn't thick
enough, now the Obama administration wants to create a new racial category — for people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Just as with
"Hispanic," "Arab" and "Persian," the two terms describing most Middle Easterners, refer not to races but ethnicities. But now the feds want to change
this in what USA Today describes as "the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades." The new category would include Israeli
Jews and Coptic Christians as well and would appear on 2020 census forms. [...] Virtually all the people in this new "racial category" would be Muslims,
who traditionally had been less than one percent of the U.S. population. But with more Muslims having been admitted to our nation since 9/11
than during all our history prior to it, this bloc is growing.
Want a President Who Will End Victimism. Great news! The Obama administration is proposing a new race category.
It's for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent — MENA for those in the know. Why? It's obvious when
you go to USA Today and read the blather about how the new race category could solve all kinds of problems with community identity and
private-sector discrimination. In other words, liberals are going full-speed ahead to square up Muslims as another victim
group for their victim politics. See, creating a MENA race category could be used in "drawing congressional and state legislative
district boundaries." In other words, majority-minority congressional districts.
House Proposes Official New Race: 'Middle East/North African'. Obama came into office amid hopes that America's
racial divisions would become a thing of the past. Instead of healing them, however, Obama has exacerbated them.
Now he is going even further: one of the lasting legacies of his disastrous administration may be the creation of an entirely
new "race." [...] This new Middle Eastern/North African designation — "MENA" — is being created for the
benefit of Muslim Arabs.
House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people. The White House is putting forward a proposal
to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of
federal racial definitions in decades. If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could
have far-reaching implications for racial identity, anti-discrimination laws and health research.
The Editor says...
Barack H. Obama is attempting to create a new protected minority without the consent of our elected representatives in the Congress. This demographic will be a
new untouchable sacred cow that must have special rights and privileges. No longer to be considered latent terrorists, they will officially become downtrodden
victims. Barack H. Obama is doing this, I suspect, to protect the thousands of Muslim immigrants he is inviting to the U.S., so they may enjoy a lifetime of food
stamps, cell phones and pressure cookers. Within a few years, any criticism of this new minority will be considered a hate crime. Of course, there is a way to
prevent this: Congress can remind the President that he is not a king.
want gender identity included in federal surveys. A pair of Democratic senators want questions on sexual orientation and gender identity
included in federal surveys. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have introduced legislation to "improve federal
population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys."
The legislation would require the government to incorporate data on sexual orientation and gender identity in surveys, including the census, that collect
other demographic information. It would give the federal agencies approximately six months to review what information is currently included and
develop questions for their surveys, according to the legislation.
Minority babies outnumber
whites among US infants. White babies are now outnumbered by minority babies, according to new population
estimates from the Census Bureau. In 2015, racial and ethnic minorities made up 50.2 percent of babies under a year
old. That year, there were 1,995,102 minority babies born, just slightly more than the 1,982,936 white babies born.
The 2015 data was released Thursday, as was updated data for previous years. These new figures show that in 2013, minority
babies also outnumbered non-Hispanic white babies by about 1,000 births. In 2014, white babies were outnumbered by
about 16,000. Original data from 2011 showed that white babies were in the minority, but those figures were revised in
2013 to show that the white infants were still the majority. But the new information released Thursday [6/23/2016] shows
that the original figures were in fact correct, and minority births outpaced white ones.
Study: Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language in U.S.. Arabic is the fastest growing language in the
U.S., with the number of Arabic speakers growing by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study by the
Pew Research Center. Over the longer period from 2000 to 2014, the number of Arabic speakers in the U.S. nearly doubled,
rising from 615,000 in 2000 to 1.1 million by 2014, according to the study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census
Bureau. As a result, census questionnaires will be available in Arabic for the first time in 2020, Pew reports.
Bill Would Require Federal Surveys 'to Gather Data on Sexual Orientation'. At the urging of the Obama administration's inter-agency
working group, which is tasked with establishing best practices for collecting data on LGBTs, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill
last week that would require federal agencies that conduct demographic surveys to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.
"This bill builds on the inter-agency working group's success by making data collection within this community law," Grijalva said in a press release
distributed at a briefing on the legislation on Wednesday [6/1/2016] at the U.S. Capitol.
urge Census Bureau to ask more about sexual orientation, gender identity. The U.S. Census Bureau should be
demanding more information about "gender identity," leading liberal lawmakers said Wednesday [4/27/2016], asking for more probing
questions to get at the increasingly complex family dynamics in America. "Many federal data collection instruments gather
respondents' race, ethnicity, sex, marital status and other personal demographic information. However, most of these
instruments do not include direct measures of respondents' sexual orientation or gender identity," Rep. Raul Grijalva
and Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a letter they led, and which was co-signed by dozens of their Democratic colleagues.
In particular, they asked that the American Community Survey, which is the bureau's continuing method for taking the pulse of the
country in between the decennial counts, be changed to include specific questions about how Americans describe their own identities.
The same story was on Fox News three weeks earlier:
want Census Bureau to ask about sexual orientation. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on the federal
government to start counting the number of homosexuals living in the United States. The group of nearly 80 lawmakers
wrote a letter to a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, asking the U.S. Census Bureau to survey people about their
sexual orientation and gender identity. Specifically, the legislators are asking the committee, which oversees the
Census Bureau, to support the additional data collection as part of the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill.
500,000 People 'Gone to Texas,' Says U.S. Census Bureau. On March 24, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics that
tracked the state's explosive population growth. Four Texas metro areas added more people in the one year period from July 1,
2014 to July 1, 2015 than in any other state in the nation except for Texas as a whole, which gained approximately 490,000 new
residents. Topping the list, the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland metropolitan area experienced the greatest population increase
during this period, adding about 159,000 residents. Following closely was the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, with 145,000
next affirmative action group will be Muslims. Barack Obama continues to fundamentally transform and tilt our nation to
favor one of his favorite groups — Muslims — at the expense of everyone else. Early in his presidency, Barack
Obama's plans to control the Census Bureau unleashed a firestorm of criticism. The White House in a radical move ordered the Census
Bureau to work directly with Barack Obama aides. Since the 2010 census would play a key role in drawing House districts and electoral
votes at least until 2020 there was criticism that Obama's moves, supported by other Democrats, would be used for partisan purposes to
empower Democrats. But there may have been ulterior motives, as there so often are when it comes to Democrat machinations.
The Wall Street Journal reports that moves are afoot to create a new way to empower Muslims who live in America: [...]
Possible census changes could make whites a minority
sooner. The Census Bureau is considering changes to its race and ethnicity questions that would reclassify some minorities who were considered
"white" in the past, a move that may speed up the date when America's white population falls below 50 percent.
reveals the richest and poorest families in America based on earnings. The United States added 3.2 million jobs
to the workforce in 2014, bringing the total to 139 million people employed, according to new figures released by the Census
Bureau. But despite the employment growth, the number of people living in poverty remained the same as in 2013 — around
46.7 million, or 14.8 percent — the bureau's American Community Survey showed. And average incomes improved only
slightly to bring them to $53,660. For the poorest state, Mississippi, the median household income dropped to $39,680.
In the richest state, Maryland, the figure was almost double, at $73,971.
finds sex, fraud and retaliation at Census office. Employees in the Census Bureau's hiring office bilked the
government out of $1.1 million in pay they never earned, broke government rules by hiring friends and tried to intimidate
whistleblowers who ratted them out, according to a new inspector general's report Thursday [9/17/2015] that said supervisors even
"led" the misconduct. The worst of the employees overcharged for at least 1,277 hours, collecting nearly $65,000 for time that
wasn't actually worked. Another better-paid employee charged for 890 hours not worked, collecting more than $85,000, and
still another collected $74,488 for 478 hours never worked — at an hourly wage of more than $155.
Outraged After Showdown With Census Worker. An East Dallas woman is outraged after she
claims one U.S. Census worker showed up at her door for a housing survey and would not take "no" for
an answer. Sonia Platz said the worker went as far as to camp out in her yard as she waited for
Platz to change her mind. "She's ringing the bell, knocking on the door. And I'm like, 'I don't
want to participate.'" Said Platz[.] The East Dallas resident said it started with a series of
three letters from the U.S. Census Bureau. A few days later after receiving the third later, a
census worker showed up. Her husband verbally declined. But a few days later, a
different worker showed up at their home and would not leave according to Platz.
Census Bureau considers dropping
'race' from survey. The U.S. Census Bureau is experimenting with eliminating the word "race" altogether in its 2020
survey, according to a report from the Pew Research Center on Thursday [6/18/2015]. As part of its final research push before
finalizing its 2020 wording, test-census forms will be sent to 1.2 million households later this fall in without any references to
"race" or "origin." Instead, the forms will ask: "Which categories describe person 1?" Respondents will then
be able to choose from the usual list of racial and ethnic categories.
books just don't add up. The Census Bureau juggled its finances so much during the
2010 nationwide survey that its own auditors say they can't tell how much the next big census will
cost. The Decennial Census of all Americans won't take place until 2020. But the Census Bureau
has begun planning, and Congress has allotted money for the project, although a reduced amount
because of budget cuts.
Bureau wants to divide Americans even more. As if we aren't already divided enough by
race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government
is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of Americans just in time for the next census.
According to the Associated Press, "The U.S. Census Bureau will test the new Middle East-North Africa
classification for possible inclusion on the 2020 census if it gets positive feedback about the proposed
change by (last) Sunday, when the public comment period ends."
exactly does the Census Bureau spend $982 million on? You might remember that the
Chicago regional director — who was apparently tight with Illinois politicians — was
"removed" from his job late last year. And Census won't tell us why. So we'd like to take a
look at how Chicago is spending taxpayer money. The Philadelphia region is where we caught someone
cheating on data collection — an event that has led to congressional and Inspector General
investigations. The probes resulted in reforms despite the fact that [the Department of] Commerce
"obstructed" the congressional probe.
for some good common Census. On Monday, Rep. Chaffetz took over for Rep. Darrell Issa
(R-Calif.) as head of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Issa's people did a good
job last year investigating Census, which provides vital economic data that government agencies and businesses
depend on. But the Oversight Committee got stonewalled in its search for the whole truth by the Commerce
Department, which controls Census. So Issa came up well short of a full probe, even if he doesn't know it yet.
calls out workers for cheating on Census data. The Census Bureau has put its workers
on notice about cheating. And they could be fired if caught fabricating surveys. As part of the
crackdown, field employees who gather information from the public will have to sign a "policy agreement on
maintaining data integrity" once a year. These harsh conditions were disclosed in the agreement attached
to an Oct. 1 memo — both of which were obtained by The Post — from William Hatcher,
associate director of field operations. The memo itself didn't get to workers until mid-November, according
to sources. In the memo, Hatcher tells workers that Census wanted to maintain its "unblemished reputation
for producing quality data."
workers manipulated economic data: new whistleblower. The city known as America's
story factory is making up Census data. In the latest allegation of The [New York] Post's
exclusive probe into fishy goings-on at the Census Bureau, a new whistleblower says workers in the
Los Angeles region have been manipulating economic data. Contact information for the veteran
Census worker — who reached out to me by e-mail recently and whom I interviewed by
phone — has been turned over to congressional investigators who are looking into data
falsification in other parts of the country.
Whistle Blower Claims Labor Department Unemployment Data Is Fraudulent. A field
supervisor in the Census Bureau's Denver region has informed her organization's higher-ups, the head
of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected
by her office is being falsified. And this whistleblower — who asked that I not
identify her — said her bosses in Denver ignored her warnings even after she provided
details of wrongdoing by three different survey takers. The three continued to collect data even
after she reported them.
Census staffer brings data falsification to light. A field supervisor in the Census
Bureau's Denver region has informed her organization's higher-ups, the head of the Commerce
Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office
is being falsified.
House GOP: Commerce 'ambushed' whistleblower interview.
Department of Commerce officials tried to block congressional investigators from speaking with whistleblowers claiming U.S. Census
Bureau records were being fabricated, according to a report by House Republicans to be released Thursday [9/18/2014]. "Commerce
Department officials showed up uninvited to a transcribed interview with a Census Bureau employee and put her in a position where
she was forced to risk retaliation if she excluded them from the interview," according to a joint report by the House Committee on
Government Oversight and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. "The Commerce Department officials who ambushed the witness
claimed that congressional staff may only speak to witnesses in the presence of department personnel, and that it is unlawful for
congressional staff to speak with department employees directly."
Census to give
cheaters summer (tough) lovin'. Sources tell me the Bureau of Labor Statistics is forcing
the Census Bureau to change the way it fact-checks the surveys that produce some of the most important
economic statistics compiled by the government. And that tells me the Labor Department must believe
there are substantial irregularities in the numbers. I think it's well past the time the Labor
Department owns up to the fact that its surveys have been corrupted by manipulation. Now it needs
to determine how far back this problem goes.
mystery goes 1,600 pages deep. Just two days after I asked readers to contact the
Commerce Department about a bunch of e-mails that were promised to me months ago — but
never delivered — I got a surprise. About a thousand pages of e-mails from the Census
Bureau arrived electronically. And one series of e-mails, written right before the last
presidential election, piqued my curiosity.
Fraud runs rampant in Census
Bureau. There's a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau.
And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to
two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I've been writing for more than six months,
the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the
practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that
went into the nation's all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey.
Obamacare: Sicker than we
thought. ## And the Census Bureau, which the Obama administration hijacked and dragged into the White
House, making it potentially a house organ, like MSNBC, has announced that it's changing the way it questions folks
about their health insurance status. That means, no matter the reality, Census Bureau statistics will show a
drop in the number of uninsured. "We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how
they are asked," Brett J. O'Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau, told the
New York Times.
Another Crazy Conservative Conspiracy Theory Proven Correct. In 2009, in the earliest
weeks of President Barack Obama's administration, the White House made the controversial decision to
take the unprecedented step of moving the Census Bureau from control of the commerce secretary over
to the White House ahead of the decennial 2010 census. [...] The White House dismissed the concerns
of conservatives which were, indeed, unfounded insofar as they related to the 2010 census. But the
fears of some that the Census Bureau could be corrupted by the imperatives of the political operatives
in the White House was today proven accurate.
Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects. The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health
insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult
to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
secrets: 'Censusgate' e-mails fail the smell test. What is the Census Bureau hiding?
Census, which is under investigation by several government agencies and by Congress, is refusing to
turn over an estimated 1,900 e-mails and text messages between a regional supervisor in its Philadelphia
office, where falsification of unemployment data took place, and a colleague in its Chicago region, whom a
source has identified as the supervisor's mentor and confidant.
Obama Cooking the Census Books for Obamacare? For several months now, whenever the topic of
enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate
effects. We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those
who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau
data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are
available, but the samples are smaller, so they're not as good; the census is the gold standard.
Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won't be available until 2015. I stand corrected:
These data won't be available at all. Ever.
Census Questions Will Change ObamaCare Findings; Networks Ignore. New Census questions
will change the findings on the impact of ObamaCare, reported the New York Times on Tuesday.
The broadcast networks ignored this new report on the Tuesday evening newscasts, however. In fact,
a census official told the Times they "are expecting much lower numbers" of the uninsured "just
because of the questions and how they are asked." As the Times stated, the Census Bureau "is
changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President
Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said."
Census may have used fishy numbers until
Nov. '13. [Scroll down] [Julius] Buckmon was never fired, but he was eased out of the Census Bureau in 2010.
Nobody else in the Philadelphia office of Census was either fired or prosecuted, even though Buckmon alleged in a discrimination case he
brought against the bureau in 2010 that he was ordered to falsify surveys by higher-ups. Because the CPS is a scientific survey,
each response counts for about 5,000 households. Buckmon, I'm told, created more than 100 false surveys a month, which would
have produced inaccurate data on the equivalent of 500,000 American households. The big question today is whether
Buckmon — on orders or not — was the only one cheating. If there were others, in Philly or in any
of the other five Census regions, then the jobless rate data in its entirety could be tainted and useless.
Censusgate: When and what did Labor know? A tipster tried to warn
the Labor Department in 2011 that its unemployment statistics were being fabricated by the people at the Census Bureau who compile the data. But the warning
was either missed or ignored by Labor. That allegedly allowed the data falsification to go on for years.
New immigration fears as census
is scrapped after 200 years. The national census which attempts to count everyone in the country is to be abolished after more than
200 years, it was announced yesterday. Ministers hope to save half a billion pounds or more by replacing the 10-yearly census with a
less rigorous system of counting national numbers. But critics warned a cheap census substitute would endanger efforts to keep tabs on the
scale of immigration or to learn whether levels of illness are rising or falling.
The census does not enumerate homosexuals. Most assertions about
their numbers are speculative.
The Statistics of Gay Men.
[Scroll down] Two of the most recent such surveys were by Gary Gates of UCLA's Williams Institute, and Gallup. Gates
took several old phone surveys and did his mumbo-jumbo and came up with an astoundingly precise figure of 2,491,034 gay
men. I shall never forget it, for it's so absurd. There's no logical or mathematical way that phone surveys
over a decade can produce such a figure.
We're from the government and we're here to
learn everything about you. The first census in 1790 asked a bare minimum of questions essential for establishing
congressional districts of equal populations. [...] In the 223 years since, the census has spawned an entire federal bureaucracy
with tentacles reaching into the farthest hidden crannies of the country. It asks darkly invasive questions that are unnecessary
Is 'Latino' a race, or an ethnicity?
It long has been assumed by sociologists that Latinos eventually would be redefined as "white" as they joined the mainstream, but the Census
Bureau now wants to classify Latinos as their own distinct group in the next census, in 2020.
renews attack on Census survey that asks too many personal questions. Republicans in the House and Senate are resuming
their efforts to take a mandatory Census Bureau survey that they say is overly intrusive, and make it voluntary. Rep. Ted Poe
(R-Texas) said on the House floor Tuesday [3/12/2013] that he would reintroduce legislation making the Census Bureau's American Community
Survey voluntary, after hearing more complaints from constituents that it asks too many personal questions.
The 2010 Census, Obama-Style? Do you
remember when the Obama regime decided that the executive branch would control the 2010 Census? The U.S. census is conducted every ten
years by the Commerce Department in order to count the population of the United States. The results of the census determine the redrawing
of congressional districts. And the redrawing of congressional districts has an impact on the balance of power in Congress for the next
Census nonsense. Unlike some provisions in the Constitution
which require reference to outside material, such as the Federalist Papers, to clarify the Framers' intent, the mandate in Article I
requiring a decennial census is crystal clear. Section 2 directs the government to count the number of people within the United
States every 10 years, period. This provision — so straight forward in language and intent — has been
twisted into something far different and more troublesome. Not only has the census become an industry unto itself, employing
thousands of workers and bureaucrats at great expense to the American taxpayer, it has morphed into a mechanism for gathering vast
amounts of personal information about every man, woman and child in the country.
Police shoot dead a woman standing
inside her front door defending against government intrusion! This family was just fine living in peace
until the Census-taker knocked at their door, was turned away and called police.
Bathing, sex habits fair game for
Census? The Rutherford Institute is expanding its fight against the federal government's American Community
Survey, a list of privacy-invading questions sent to some 3 million homes every year with instructions that
answers must be provided under penalty of law. The questions ask for details about mortgages, marital
histories, bathing habits, utility costs, telephone numbers and other personal issues.
Heads-up on the American Community Survey!
Every ten years we wait for our little census forms to come in the mail so we can help the government count
heads. ... However, back in 2002, someone in Congress had the idea to conduct the American Community Survey
(ACS), an annual census costing hundreds of millions of dollars. The survey consists of 16 pages
of instructions and 28 pages of questions. According to the Honorable Bob Barr, Congress has the
legal authority to conduct this survey, and it is mandatory to answer the questions or face some very
Has Had The Best Idea, New Census Data Make Clear. The Census Bureau released county and city
populations for the last of the 50 states from the 2010 census last week, ahead of schedule. Behind
the columns of numbers are many vivid stories of how our nation has been changing — and some
lessons for public policy as well.
IT Problems 'May Have
Negatively Affected Data Quality' of 2010 Census. Problems with a Census Bureau computer system
known as the Paper-Based Operations Control System (PBOCS) "may have negatively affected data quality" in the
2010 Census, according to a report from the inspector general of the Commerce Department.
Voting with Their
Feet. The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to
place within the United States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the
liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched. When you break
it down by race and ethnicity, it is all too painfully clear what is happening. Both whites and blacks
are leaving California, the poster state for the liberal, welfare-state and nanny-state philosophy.
Shines Big in the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau last week released county and city populations
for the last of the 50 states from the 2010 Census last week, ahead of schedule. Behind the columns of
numbers are many vivid stories of how our nation has been changing — and some lessons for public
policy, as well. ... The lesson is that high taxes and strong public employee unions tend to stifle growth
and produce a two-tier society like coastal California's. The eight states with no state income tax grew
18 percent in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just
Sounds like life in Cuba, doesn't it?
worker won't take no for answer. The first few requests were tolerable. A Census Bureau
worker would knock on John and Beverly Scott's door and ask them to fill out an American Community Survey.
The McKinley Park couple would politely decline. But as the days passed, the visits became more frequent
and the requests more urgent. Some evenings, the doorbell would ring at dinnertime, then again at
California says census missed
1.5 million residents. If true, the discrepancy could cost the state billions of dollars in federal money
and perhaps an additional seat in Congress. A court battle may be possible.
The Editor says...
Oh yes, "a court battle may be possible" — even if there is no merit to their claim.
California census workers of falsifying count. Federal investigators have opened multiple
inquiries into California census operations, including allegations that some workers felt so much pressure
that they cut corners or got things wrong during the crucial population count. The investigation
Census Is Built on Incomplete and Inaccurate Information. Last week, Census Bureau Director
Robert M. Groves said to Fox News that you can "trust 2010 Census data." What our director fails
to tell us is that the two software applications have operational problems that will ultimately lead to
inaccurate data. Just spend a day working in PBOCS, the Paper-Based Operational Control System which
processes enumerator questionnaires from the field, or MARCS, the Matching Address Review Coding System
which shows a data capture of every questionnaire that was scanned at the Baltimore Data Capture Center and
you will see the poor quality of work.
Census Officials in New York Instructed Workers to Falsify
Questionnaires. The Commerce Department's Inspector General has confirmed whistleblower allegations
that management at a local Census office in Brooklyn, N.Y., "directed employees to falsify Census questionnaires
during" the decennial count's largest and most expensive operation known as Non-response Follow-Up.
Census worker taken to court for trespassing.
The case is now in federal court, the latest example of disputes this year between Census workers and
residents who don't want to deal with them.
Census Director Admits 'We May Have Duplicates'.
U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves told CNSNews.com on Wednesday [7/7/2010] that the Census has "no way,
unfortunately, of knowing" whether or not homeless individuals were counted twice, and added, "we may have
Census Says It Hired More Workers Than It Needed As a
'Cost-Saving Measure'. The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling
the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a "cost-saving measure,"
according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general's office sent to Census Bureau
Director Robert Groves last week.
census to be axed after 200 years. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said the Census,
which takes place every 10 years, was an expensive and inaccurate way of measuring the number of people in
Britain. Instead, the Government is examining different and cheaper ways to count the population more
regularly, using existing public and private databases, including credit reference agencies.
Fraud Forces Census Bureau to Review 10,000 Questionnaires. The U.S. Census Bureau is
reviewing 10,000 questionnaires after two managers in a New York field office allegedly forged household
interviews in an attempt to meet a deadline — the latest incident of alleged census fraud that
has prompted at least two federal lawmakers to call for an investigation.
Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires. Two Census
Bureau managers from a Brooklyn field office were fired after their bosses found they faked household surveys
to meet deadlines, the [New York] Daily News learned. Instead of pounding the pavement and knocking
on doors, the corner-cutting people-counters mined the phone book and Internet to make up answers to
questionnaires, regional director Tony Farthing said.
Census workers cheating, possibly breaking laws. Temporary Census workers may have violated the
law by disclosing resident information to websites to track down respondents, according to a new report from
the Commerce Departments Office of Inspector General. Under Title 13 of the United States Code,
"individuals may be fined up to $5,000 and imprisoned not more than 5 years for disclosing Census Bureau
data," something they may have been doing if they inputted Census information into search engines.
Is 2010 Census Counting Homeless People Twice?
On the last three days of March, teams of temporary Census Bureau workers visited the types of places, including
what the bureau calls "targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations", where homeless people are known to congregate.
These workers were carrying out the "Service-Based Enumeration" phase of the Census, which counts the nation's
homeless population. The bureau gave these workers two instructions that seemed peculiar: When
they counted a homeless person, the workers did not need to take the person's name or date of birth, and if a
presumed homeless person insisted he or she had already been counted by the Census, the workers were supposed
to count that person anyway.
a noticeable boom in the fake job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 430,000
new jobs appeared in the US economy in May. That, of course, would be reason for profound joy, except
for the fact that 411,000 of those jobs were temporary, part-time positions created by the US Census.
And we don't really know whether the Census is making its employment statistics look better by churning
workers and hiring unnecessarily.
The Census Bureau is Throwing Billions of Dollars Down the Drain.
$15 billion. That's the budget of the 2010 US Census. Where to begin with how it has been
misspent? When we look back at the past ten years, we can see how the Census Bureau is an institution in
need of major reforms because poor work has been rewarded and PR spinsters have been left running the show to
make it seem like everything is hunky-dory.
The 2010 Census and
Our Fair Share. Earlier this week, an undercover journalist in New Jersey and one in Louisiana
worked together to expose the embarrassingly erroneous method by which the Census Bureau pays its workers,
thrusting the 2010 census into the headlines once again. Using hidden cameras, the two revealed Census
Bureau managers who encouraged their newly hired employees to submit timesheets exaggerated with hours they
did not work.
nonsense. Official political innumeracy, enshrined in the census, steals our democracy. We count
illegal immigrants the same as citizens and assign states congressional seats accordingly. This awards some
states more representatives than they deserve. The census should, instead, count citizens separately, and
Congress should reapportion representatives only on the basis of citizen populations.
workers can enter your apartment in your absence. Thousands of census workers, including
many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. ... What
many Americans don't realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the
Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are
empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or
room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for "the collection of statistics."
royal runaround with the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau certainly knows how to count. That
is, after all, what the folks there do for a living. But is Census double counting when it comes to jobs
created in the latest polling of America? Or triple counting? Or maybe even counting the same job
as many as forty times?
spots sex offender Census worker. A woman who recognized the face of a Census worker from the
state's online database of sex offenders called police, leading to charges that the man used a fake name and
Social Security number to get the government job.
more Census workers blow the whistle. You know the old saying: "Everyone loves a charade."
Well, it seems that the Census Bureau may be playing games. Last week, one of the millions of workers
hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical
Census Workers Looking for Snitches in Memphis. A US census worker, driving a metallic gray Ford
Taurus-type car, has been reported to be combing through the Memphis, TN suburb of Germantown knocking on doors
asking people for information on their neighbors. Yes, you read that correctly. The US census worker
was asking how many people lived in the house next door on or about April 1, 2010.
Insanity: Census Bureau Funds Radical Virginia Mosque. The U. S. Census Bureau leases
6,654 square feet of space from Dar al-Hijrah, which has been labeled "America's most radical mosque."
The cost of the space to taxpayers is $23,000 a month. The lease agreement with Dar al Hijrah shows
that the government has been paying rent for the use of this space on Edsall Road in Alexandria, Virginia
since November 2008. A spokeswoman for the General Services Administration which oversees the Census
Bureau refused to comment on the lease.
Census mail results could be trouble for
5 states. Five states — New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida —
are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census.
Census Still Struggling With IT Problems That May Affect Count's
Accuracy. The U.S. Census Bureau is still having problems with its computer system that handles the data for
households that did not return a census form. However, the Census Bureau director said the system has successfully
printed out the assignments for the enumerators who will conduct in-person interviews with households that did not mail
in their forms.
Thousands spent on unused census
swag. The U.S. Census Bureau spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on promotional items used
to convince more people to mail back their census forms, but a [Denver TV station's] investigation found
thousands of the items were dropped off, unused, at a local high school.
arises over mailing cost of census. Last week, "Dear Resident" letters arrived in post boxes and
through mail slots nationwide. "About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail,"
the letters read. "Please fill it out and mail it in promptly."
Census Bureau concerned about head count
problems. As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible
debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to
homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.
Come to your census.
The population count determines which representatives in your state will be squeezed out of office when their
districts are reshaped to resemble an octopus. Your answers also determine how much government money your
neighborhood receives. If you live in a designated flood-disaster area, you may already be a winner.
Plagued By Technical Difficulties. The idea for 2010 was that half a million census workers,
for the first time, would use handheld computers to verify addresses, follow up with people who didn't return
their questionnaires and perform other tasks. ... But certain "delete" operations malfunctioned, causing some
major glitches. And after the successful completion of the address verification phase, the devices were
phased out for any further use. The total cost, meanwhile, grew from an original $600 million computer
contract to up to $3 billion.
Message with the Census. Fully one-quarter of the space on this year's form is taken up with
questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and none of the government's business (despite
the New York Times' assurances to the contrary on today's [3/8/2010] editorial page).
Census Racial Designations are Illogical and
Unscientific. The U.S. Department of Commerce perpetuates racism in the United States. If
that sounds like an unfair assessment, consider the racial designations that Commerce's Bureau of the Census
uses in its decadal surveys, including the one most of us have recently completed. Keep in mind that state
governments and local school boards adopt the same designations used by the Census Bureau.
True Confessions from America's Census Workers.
[Scroll down] So, what makes the Obama census campaign different from other census programs? First,
its naked, left-wing special interest pandering. The White House is championing a "Queer the Census" movement
by pro-gay marriage groups, for example, and the Commerce Department is working with open-borders leaders who
want to use the census as leverage to stop all immigration raids. The electoral stakes are high. Some
$400 billion in federal funding and, most importantly, the apportionment of congressional seats are up for
resisters say they'll comply only with head count. The anti-government sentiment that sparked
the Tea Party movement is brewing a backlash of sorts against the upcoming census by people who say it asks
too many questions and intrudes on their privacy. Such census resisters say the Constitution only
empowers the Census Bureau to count the number of people in a household.
or Not to Answer the Census — That Is the Question. I have been deluged lately with
requests asking me whether one has to answer all of the questions on the 2010 Census, particularly those about
race and ethnic background. Like Mark Krikorian, I don't like those questions and don't think the U.S.
government should be collecting that information — its only use is to continue to separate us on
racial grounds, for reapportionment purposes and for certain government programs.
I got a letter
from the census today. There in my mail was an envelope clearly marked to show it came from the
US Bureau of the Census and that said Bureau had duly paid a first-class postal rate to send it to me. ... Presumably,
tens or hundreds of millions copies of this useless missive is being sent out at taxpayer expense —
which must be enormous — for printing, translation, typesetting in foreign languages and non-Latin
scripts, postage, addressing, presorting, and mailing.
rule change fuels debate about counting inmates. With federal money at stake, some argue inmates
should be counted in their hometowns instead of the prison towns where they currently are counted. This
month, the Census Bureau gave Illinois and other states the ability to decide the matter...
push illegals to win census bucks. Failing to count illegal immigrants, local officials say, will reduce
federal funding around $1,000 a year for each ignored person. And counties are looking for ways to offset costs
that arise from providing health care and school services to thousands of residents who don't contribute taxes.
The 2010 Census, the
Constitution and You. The year 2010 is another Census year, and many Americans are concerned
about the apparent politicization of a process that has been with us since our Constitution was first written.
The director of the Census Bureau will now report directly to "White House senior management" instead of to the
Commerce Secretary. "Senior management" likely means Rahm Emanuel, an Obama political crony who is
currently serving as White House Chief of Staff.
Tweaking the Census:
Republicans, adhering to their strict-constructionist tradition, say the word "enumeration" (in Article I of the
Constitution) shows that the Founders wanted an actual count. Furthermore, since sampling is likely to target
minority and urban populations — traditional Democratic voters — conservatives worry that
apportionment of representatives would be unfairly adjusted to favor Democrats.
The Coming Battle of
Reapportionment and Redistricting. The number of representatives each state gets depends upon
the number of people in each state, as counted by the census every ten years. Because there are a fixed
number of House seats to be divided among the states — 435 House seats — reapportionment
is a zero sum game: a state can only gain House seats if another state loses House seats. The Left
wants to replace the census count with a census "guess" based upon a formula. Any formula will be based
on politically charged assumptions, like assuming that ten percent of Hispanics do not respond to census
workers, so the number of Hispanics in a canvassed area is "assumed" to be ten percent higher than the actual
2010: Up to 800 Canvassers With Criminal Records. Despite reports last fall that the Census
Bureau had severed ties with community-organizing group known as ACORN, Americans might want to think twice before
opening their doors to canvassers for the 2010 Census after reading what I discovered this morning.
someone mention ACORN?
undocumented to get counted. Latino organizations and the U.S. Census Bureau plan in the
coming weeks to step up their campaign to persuade Latino immigrants — especially the undocumented — to
participate in the population count. Latino leaders and census officials say the effort is unprecedented...
Scammers use fake Census to steal information. When the
U.S. Census Bureau sent Sheila Mizzell a form, asking for her Social Security number and the names of those
living in her household, she gave it to them. By the time she realized it wasn't the U.S. Census Bureau
that had sent the form, it was too late.
You Should Worry About the Census. Did you know that the census does not distinguish between
illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens? It does not, which raises questions such as: Should Arizona
win more seats in the House of Representatives because it harbors a large number of illegal aliens? Or,
should people who can't vote decide how many electoral college votes California is awarded?
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Super-Sized Census Boondoggle. [Pepsi] has been in the Super Bowl ad business for more than two
decades. But this year, Pepsi determined it was economically unwise to pay $3 million for a
30-second spot. So, who's foolish enough to pay for Super Bowl gold-plated airtime? You and me and
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Census Bureau will squander $2.5 million on a half-minute Super Bowl ad
starring D-list celebrity Ed Begley Jr., plus two pre-game blurbs and 12-second "vignettes" featuring Super
Bowl anchor James Brown.
Census and Censorship. Americans have good reason to be wary of the stranger's knock on the
door. ... According to a new General Accounting Office report, botched fingerprinting by ill-trained employees
led to the hiring of some 36,000 census workers with insufficient background checks. "More than 200" of
those workers may have had serious criminal records, according to the GAO.
Greenspan: Census will save Obamonomics.
Alan Greenspan told NBC: "It [unemployment] is going to be lower. You see, we are going to get a special bonus,
one that no one expects is the fact that the Bureau of Census announced that it is going to employ 792,000 by April.
That is a big, it is not a huge number but it will take several tens of a percent off unemployment rate." That's it?
That's the big plan? If so, we could have moved the Census up a year and saved $787 billion. They do not
know what they are doing.
Still a Boondoggle for the Left. While there may have been a collective sigh of relief across
America after the news that the Census Bureau severed ties with ACORN, it made me wonder who other Census
partners were. In short, ACORN or not, the 2010 census will be an organizing tool for the American Left.
Hijacking U.S. Census. For many, many years the function of counting the number of US citizens
and residents living in the US and its territories was non-political and free from manipulation by any
political party. However, according to critics of the President Barak Obama Administration, the
Democrat Party is taking advantage of its capture of the White House and both houses of Congress to take
a "more active role" in the US Census process including oversight of the information gathering by Obama
may have been hired for census. Errors by Census Bureau employees may have resulted in 200 people with
criminal records being hired to conduct door-to-door canvassing. The Census Bureau typically takes fingerprints
and performs background checks on workers hired to interact with the public. But a report by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) found that tens of thousands of workers were improperly fingerprinted by bureau employees.
ACORN Involvement Undermines Confidence in Census.
The U.S. Constitution doesn't specify many duties that the federal government absolutely must carry out.
For as long as our republic lasts, Americans will debate the meaning and intentions of the Constitution, but on
requiring a decennial census, the Framers wrote with such clarity that no analysis is needed. Today our
nation has 100 times as many people as it did at our founding. Though much has changed, the
headcount of Americans remains an essential function of our federal government. It's how we apportion
representatives in Congress and direct spending.
Census Bureau Severs Ties With
ACORN. The Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that
the Census Bureau is severing all ties with the community organizing group for all work having to do with the 2010
Census Cutting Ties With
ACORN Due to Videotaped Prostitution-Enabling. The decision comes on the heels of Andrew Breitbart's release
of two undercover video investigations, which found ACORN employees in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. more than happy to aid
and abet underaged prostitution with advice on tax status, getting grants, and avoiding notice by law enforcement.
The Big Fix: Obama's
Rigged Census (Part Two). Last month, when asked, "What will be this White House's role in the Census?" Mr.
Locke responded by saying (in part): "I serve at the pleasure of the president." Proof that control of
the head counting remains within the Oval Office came with Mr. Obama's recent appointment of Robert M. Groves
as Census Chief. "With the nomination of Robert Groves, President Obama has made clear that he intends to employ
the political manipulation of census data for partisan gain," North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry quipped.
Other lawmakers called Groves an "incredibly troubling selection" who must be watched for "statistical sleight of hand."
See also The
Big Fix: Obama's Rigged Census (Part One).
Using school kids as government pawns:
take-home assignment: Census kits. Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a
tough time doing it — especially if they have kids in school.
Obama's Census to castrate American
Caucasians. It's invasive. It's corrupt. It's rigged. It's unconstitutional. ... It is
biased and prejudicial. It serves to channel billions of dollars into bogus political action groups, such
as Acorn. ... It is President Barack Obama's 2010 Census Form. ... It asks if you have hot and cold running
water, a sink with a faucet, a frigerator, a bathtub or shower, a stove or range, and a flush toilet.
It asks if you use coal, gas, oil, electricity, or solar energy to heat your home or apartment, if you are
deaf or blind ... But infinitely more telling is what the new census form doesn't ask. It doesn't ask
if you are a citizen of the U.S.A., if you are an immigrant, or if you are a Muslim. Naturally, the
questions are in English and Spanish, lest anyone think that America is an Anglo nation.
Obama Census Bureau To Count Illegal Aliens in Census?
On the website of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) a press release from Obama's U.S. Census Bureau
Director, Robert Groves, can be found. That press release appears to make obvious that the Bureau plans to count
illegal aliens in our census. The press release was issued to America's Hispanic organizations to urge them to help
with the coming census.
The Orwellian American
Community Survey. My nightmare started in January when I received the American Community Survey
(ACS) form in the mail. The ACS is an extension of the U.S. Census that all households receive.
While the U.S. Census form contains 10 questions and is sent out every 10 years, the ACS form
contains 48 questions and is sent to 250,000 households each month on a rolling basis. The ACS
itself is a lesson in government overreach.
Census survey has something
to rile everyone. Some advocacy groups demand that illegal immigrants not be counted.
Another urges a boycott. Others say they just won't answer some questions. Republican fundraisers
use it to attract donations. Some want criminals serving time elsewhere to be counted in their hometowns.
This intense special-interest brawl can mean only one thing: It's Census time.
New York Would Lose House Seats,
Census Analyses Show. New York and New Jersey would each lose one U.S. House seat while the
Texas congressional delegation would increase by four members for the 2012 elections, according to two
independent analyses of new Census Bureau data.
Do Census Layoffs Clear the Way for
Hiring of ACORN Workers? If the administration hadn't tried a few months ago to move oversight of the
Census into the White House and then lied about ACORN and the Census, the news of the layoffs would not have caught
my attention. However, the Obama administration did attempt the Census power play and it did lie about ACORN's
involvement in the Census, so reasonable observers have every reason to be suspicious.
ACORN Alert. Remember the Obama
administration lying about ACORN's involvement in the 2010 Census? After the Census Bureau responded to a Freedom
of Information Act request, Judicial Watch reported that "...the Obama Commerce Department downplayed ACORN's participation
in the Census, and labeled "baseless" the notion that ACORN would be involved in any Census count ...[but]... offered ACORN
the opportunity to "recruit Census workers" who would participate in the count."
organizer says ACORN will commit fraud in Census work. In all, the corrupt management of ACORN allegedly
forced its part- and full-time employees to stretch or break laws just to meet registration quotas to keep their jobs.
That's because ACORN gets paid by its sponsors and pressures employees to deliver unreasonable goals. There is no
reason to believe the problems of staff mistreatment or systematic fraud will be any different if and when the federal
government asks ACORN to take its show on the road to households across the country.
Acorn Role in Census Challenged. Acorn,
the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, signed up in February with the bureau to be a "2010 Census
Partner," which includes, among other things, identifying job candidates, encouraging its members to participate in the
count and distributing literature explaining the importance of the census. But in the wake of accusations that some
former Acorn employees engaged in voter registration fraud in the 2006 and 2008 elections, the partnership isn't sitting
well with some Republicans on Capitol Hill who worry that Acorn could skew results.
lawmaker vows not to complete Census. Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so
worried that information from next year's national census will be abused that she will refuse to fill out
anything more than the number of people in her household. In an interview Wednesday morning with The
Washington Times "America's Morning News," Mrs Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said the questions have become
"very intricate, very personal" and she also fears ACORN, the community organizing group that came under fire
for its voter registration efforts last year, will be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information
Detailing ACORN Partnership for 2010 Census. Included among the 126 pages of documents,
obtained by Judicial Watch under threat of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, is ACORN's original Census
partnership application. The document describes 18 different areas of responsibility requested by
the community organization, which is under investigation in multiple states for illegal activity during the
2008 election, including voter registration fraud.
Can America Come to
Its Census? Just in case this election has not been alarming enough, with Democrats selling
their phony tax cuts to a strangely gullible populace, I invite you to join me in absolute horror. My
Democrat sources have just revealed to me a plan to hijack the census in 2010 and to move vast amounts of
electoral votes from red to blue states.
GOP Blocks Census Nominee.
Senate Republicans are blocking a vote on the nomination of Robert Groves to be the Census Bureau's director,
leaving the agency without a leader less than a year before the 2010 nationwide head count. ... Dr. Groves,
director of the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center and a former Census Bureau official, has raised
concerns among mainly Republican lawmakers because he is an expert in sampling, the use of statistical
adjustments to compensate for undercounted populations. Dr. Groves has said he won't use the
practice for the 2010 count.
Sam's Way-Too-Nosy Survey: Where's the outrage? With all the recent obsessing over the "rights" of terrorists
in Guantanamo, and the idea that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee should support "the constitutional right to
privacy," you'd expect the civil-liberties crowd to be inflamed by the federal government forcing Americans to disclose
sensitive information about their finances, health and lifestyles. You would be wrong.
Big Brother asks: 'Do you have a flush toilet?'
The 2009 American Community Survey, an annual supplement to the decennial Census, asks about residents' personal relationships
and whether a home has hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, bathing facilities, appliances and phone services. It
also asks how many rooms are in a home and what vehicles are used at each household. The new questionnaire asks
respondents what they pay for electricity, gas, water and sewer every month and whether residents receive food stamps.
Guess who Census banned as 'partners'. The
U.S. Census Bureau, reflecting what apparently is becoming a political position that involves more than one federal agency,
has listed "hate groups," "law enforcement" "and "anti-immigrant groups" among those that would be refused permission to
become a partner with the 2010 Census. The news comes in a series of documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the
Freedom of Information Act about the census operations.
ACORN, Soros and the Census.
ACORN's core work revolves around Census information and that information leads to funding. ... If such data is the core of
their programs, could their vested interest in the outcome cloud affect the impartiality?
Former organizer says ACORN will commit fraud in Census work.
Following calls by a reform group known as the "ACORN 8," many are rightly worried about the prospect of
taxpayer money flowing to the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
for the stated purpose of counting Americans in the 2010 U.S. census. After all, this is the same group
that couldn't count to "1" when registering voters during last year's election.
Obama's pick for census director moves ahead.
President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next census director moved closer to Senate confirmation on Wednesday
[5/20/2009], with approval all but assured after he ruled out the controversial use of statistical sampling in
the 2010 head count. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Robert
Groves by voice vote without objections.
Obama's Census Nominee Likely to
Face Questions on ACORN in Confirmation Hearing. Changing the formula for the U.S. Census could
mean shifting up to two dozen congressional seats to the Democrats, a Republican congressman warned Tuesday
[5/12/2009], as the Senate prepared to consider the nomination of Robert Groves as director of the Census
rules out use of sampling in 2010 census. President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Census Bureau
is ruling out the use of statistical sampling in the 2010 head count, seeking to allay GOP concerns that he
might be prone to put politics over science.
Black Caucus Wants Obama Involved
in Census. Congressional Black Caucus members plan to press President Obama to keep the 2010
census under White House supervision even if Democrat Gary Locke is confirmed as Commerce secretary.
"They need to be hands-on, very much involved in selecting the new census director as well as being actively
involved and interested in the full and accurate count," said Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the caucus'
leading voice on the census and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel with jurisdiction
over the decennial count.
From ACORN, a mighty GOP fight. Consider
the past week alone. In the House, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and other GOP lawmakers called on the Census Bureau
to sever ties with ACORN, one of several hundred organizations teaming up with the bureau to conduct the crucial Census
count in 2010. At the same time, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of ACORN's most vocal opponents in Congress,
tangled with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) over an "ACORN amendment" she introduced that would have prohibited any
organization indicted for voter fraud from receiving certain federal housing grants.
2010 Decennial Census In Danger Again — A Church Boycott? Nowhere does the
Constitution, a statute or a judicial decision remotely hint, much less provide, that unlawful immigrants,
people who attend certain churches or both are to be excluded from the count. Tell that to an entity
known as the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, which may have some 20,000 members in
34 States. The leadership of that entity has denounced the Census, claiming that Latinos may be
scapegoats and a purpose of the Census may be to justify deportation of unlawful immigrants. Thus,
intermittent confusion, uncertainty and suspicion now give rise to a thinly veiled intercession of religious
freedom. A real purpose is clear — to avoid a realistically high illegal-immigrant count.
Little noted move
on census by Obama could spell GOP disaster. Trying to game the census for political purposes is
just about what we'd expect from this crew. They have talked so long about building a permanent majority,
manipulating numbers to perhaps overcount their core constituencies should not be put past them. If
Bush/Rove had dared to do something like this it would have been headline news nationally. As it is, we
hear barely a peep from the media and are not likely to in the future.
White House to Bypass Commerce on
Census. The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the
secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official. The decision came after black and
Hispanic leaders raised questions about Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg 's commitment to funding
Battle Brews Over 2010 Census. A political battle has erupted over next year's census with
Republican lawmakers protesting President Obama's decision to take a bigger role in supervising the
process. ... The White House says it is following a historical precedent and that this simply shows that the
census is a priority for the president. But Republicans say it looks like a political power grab.
Sounds Alarm Over Obama Decision to Move Census to White House. Utah's congressional delegation
is calling President Obama's decision to move the U.S. census into the White House a purely partisan move and
potentially dangerous to congressional redistricting around the country. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,
told FOX News on Monday that he finds it hard to believe the Obama administration felt the need to place
re-evaluation of the inner workings of the census so high on his to-do list, just three weeks into his
presidency. "This is nothing more than a political land grab," Chaffetz said.
House Census Power Grab May Violate the Constitution. Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution
provides for an "actual enumeration" and a statute passed by Congress provides that the duties under this
clause are to be performed by the secretary of commerce. Article I (as Joseph Biden didn't know in
debate) is about the legislative, not the executive branch. Hence, it is argued, the president can't
substitute a sampling for the enumeration required to be done by the secretary. However, it is
undoubtedly true that the president can fire the secretary of commerce for any reason, including failure
to conduct the Census the way he wants the Census conducted.
Why Obama Wants Control of the Census:
President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to "restore science to its rightful place" in
government. That's a worthy goal. But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn't think it
would mean having the director of next year's Census report directly to the White House rather than to the
Commerce secretary, as is customary. "There's only one reason to have that high level of White House
involvement," a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me. "And it's called politics,
Flashback to 2006...
The census has
grown beyond its bounds. While the Patriot Act and National Security Agency wiretapping have
received enormous attention and criticism from the mainstream media, another federal agency has been quietly
gathering far more personal information about U.S. residents than those laws ever can. And this
unreported project affects thousands more people. Our inquisitive federal government has been
demanding that selected U.S. residents answer 73 nosy questions. They are threatened with a fine
of $5,000 for failure to respond.
The Editor says...
The invasive and unreasonably nosy questions on the census started under President Clinton and continued
under President Bush. It sounds like the census is getting more intrusive and less
GOP leaders criticize
White House role in census. Partisan bickering is complicating next year's high-stakes census count of the
nation's population. House GOP leaders on Thursday criticized plans for increased White House involvement in next
year's count, challenging the president to find a new nominee for commerce secretary if he has doubts about Sen. Judd Gregg,
R-N.H. "If President Obama doesn't trust Sen. Gregg to oversee a fair and accurate census, he should withdraw the
nomination," said GOP conference chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind.
Obama's Plan to Oversee 2010 Census. With Republicans increasingly critical of President Obama's decision to
step up White House oversight of next year's census, some Democrats are downplaying the move, saying it is not even official
yet. Obama's plan to have the Census director report to the White House in addition to the Commerce Department has
sparked protest from some Republicans, who accuse the president of a political power grab. One GOP lawmaker is pushing
for an investigation into the planned move.
Gregg Stories, Short Shrift to White House's Census Grab. ABC, CBS and NBC centered their Thursday night
stories, on Senator Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw as Commerce Secretary-nominee, around his disagreement with the Obama
administration's "stimulus" plan — with only passing mention, if any, of the administration's wish to move the
2010 census count from Commerce to the White House.
Perfecting The Theft Of Elections. Imagine an
Obama White House where they could be in charge of the numbers. What numbers, you ask? For example, the
population numbers that, among other things, determine how many congressional seats are allocated and to whom.
investigate the Obama administration? The census controversy brings the first test of accountability and
oversight in the new administration.
White House Denies
Meddling In Census. A White House spokesman denies Republican congressional charges that the White House
is "taking the unprecedented step of moving control of the Census Bureau" to "political operatives on the White House
staff." The charge is made in a letter House Republicans — including Minority Leader John
Boehner — sent yesterday President Obama — calling on him to "reconsider and reverse this
harmful course of action."
Census should be free from politics. The
Obama administration's recent actions regarding the census are outrageous and unprecedented. Commanding the census
director to report directly to the White House is a naked political power grab and transparently partisan. There is
only one possible reason for it — political interference in the 2010 census and partisan manipulation of the
results. This ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart
of our democracy.
Texas and the Sampling
Battle That Hasn't Happened Yet. Many people mistakenly believe that the battle over "sampling" has already
been fought and completely won. In 1998, a lawsuit was filed against the Census Bureau after it announced that it
would use statistical sampling in the 2000 Census. The Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. U.S. House
of Representatives that statistical sampling could not be used for congressional apportionment because federal
law barred its use — but that same law, 13 U.S.C. §195, allows sampling to be used for any
White House Claims No Plans to
Takeover Census, But Will 'Consult'. The census, done every 10 years, will determine how
congressional districts are apportioned, which Republicans fear could be threatening if it is politicized.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a Republican gathering in Virginia Thursday that the White House
would seek to gerrymander districts for Democrats and count illegal immigrants. Obama never announced
any intention to move the Census Bureau into the White House; however, numerous media reports citing unnamed
administration officials said that was the goal.
Census. The census is one of the most important functions performed by the federal government
because the integrity our representative democracy depends on it. Because both parties understand its
importance, the census has always been insulated from political corruption. That is why news of the
Obama Administration's plan to take the 2010 census away from the Commerce Department and run it out of the
White House is disturbing. This action will have enormous implications on the balance of political
power in the country.
Rule Forever! Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even
the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment — if they get any treatment at all. So of
course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking
about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints
on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration
can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as many elections as possible after that. How is
Obama going to accomplish this? He has just moved the constitutionally-required census from the Commerce Department
to the White House — specifically putting it under the thumb of his political strategist, Rahm Emanuel.
Census plan gets
counted out. The Obama administration has scrapped plans to have the Census Bureau director
report directly to the White House, assuaging the concerns of lawmakers. Commerce Secretary nominee
Gary Locke met with key senators Wednesday to reassure them that the 2010 census would be managed by the
Commerce Department, and not the White House.
Doubling Down on Deceit. The
Obama administration has already established that it wants to be intimately involved in the census. One of the
factors behind Senator Judd Gregg's withdrawal from the Secretary of Commerce position was his dissatisfaction with
the White House's planned incursion into the Commerce Department's oversight of the census. Now we have an even
more blatant intrusion into the census process: the Obama administration has decided to allow ACORN — the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now! — to "help" recruit the roughly 1.4 million
temporary workers needed to count every American.
ACORN to count
heads for Census. First it was President Obama trying to break all precedent and run the
2010 census from within the White House. While the administration finally backed down from that
politicization of the census, it clearly hasn't learned its lesson. Now it is having ACORN officially
"partner" with the Census to help count the number of Americans in the country. It's like Santa
trusting a child to tell him how many times he or she has been good in the past year.
Foxes guarding the chicken coop — or having ACORN help with
the census. [Scroll down slowly] According to a US Census Bureau press release [ACORN]
will soon become an "official partner...help[ing] recruit workers" to bring in the 2010 census. Over
100,000 people are needed for the mammoth task of collecting the detailed data that is then used as a
blueprint to dispense federal money, redraw voting districts and allocate representatives to
congress. ... ACORN is entitled to have whatever political goals it likes and to use whatever
tactics it likes — as long as it doesn't hurt others, destroy property or prevent
people (as in legislative sessions) from being heard.
someone mention ACORN again?
Obama's Census Choice
Unsettles Republicans. Robert M. Groves, a former census official and now a sociology
professor at the University of Michigan, was nominated Thursday by President Obama to run the Census Bureau,
a choice that instantly made Republicans nervous. ... Even before the official White House announcement, rumors
about the choice drew criticism on Thursday from Republicans already anxious about the 2010 census, a
multibillion-dollar enterprise that will determine which states gains seats in Congress and which ones
lose them, as well as the allocation of federal dollars to states and cities based on population.
Census Looming, Obama Chooses Survey Expert to Run Bureau. Next year's census will cost at
least $15 billion, more than any previous count. The bureau is under pressure from Congress and
advocacy groups to provide a more accurate tally of Hispanics and other minority groups than in the past.
The bureau received $1 billion in stimulus funding to help prepare for the census and will devote up
to $250 million for advertising and outreach programs to help boost participation levels among traditionally
undercounted groups, mostly minorities in urban areas. ... But some Republican lawmakers voiced concern
yesterday [4/2/2009] that Grove supported a statistical adjustment to the 1990 census to make up for undercounting
approximately 5 million people, including many minorities from urban areas who trended Democratic.
Statistical Voodoo Witch Doctor
Tapped for Census Post. A practitioner of the statistical voodoo known as "sampling" has been selected
by President Obama to head the Census Bureau, which is poised to carry out the decennial census next year with ACORN's
help. Liberal pressure groups and Democrats have long favored using statistical modeling, a practice
controversial because it's flagrantly unconstitutional and because it opens up the counting process to
Census Plan: No Illegal Alien Left Behind. I have seen the electoral future, and it is
rigged. With fraud-prone, ideologically driven interest groups swarming the census-gathering process,
the left is solidifying its chances of a permanent ruling majority. Lax immigration enforcement is the
not-so-secret key to the Democrats' power grab. And the Obama administration is all too happy to aid
Hispanic groups call for Census
boycott. Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census
unless immigration laws are changed. The move puts them at odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and
creates another hurdle in the Census Bureau's quest to count everyone in the USA.
Census Bureau: We'll Work with
'Community Organizations' to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010. The acting director of the U.S. Census
Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure
every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census. The Census is used to apportion the
seats in the U.S. House of Representative. There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in
proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census. States with more people get
more seats in the U.S. House. This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House
seats as long as the Census Bureau finds the illegal aliens and counts them.
Obama and ACORN GPS Marking EVERY Front Door
in America? Republican Senator Judd Gregg was Obama's first choice for the Secretary of Commerce
post, and Gregg was actually considering joining the Obama team, until he found out that control of the US
Census was being stripped from the Commerce Department and placed under the direct control of White House
Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Temp work covers up depth of unemployment.
For weeks, Greg Noel roamed the spine of the Green Mountains with a handheld GPS unit, walking dirt roads and
chatting with people as he helped create a map of every housing unit in the United States.
Last year's scandal:
Census to scrap handheld computers for
2010 count. The Census Bureau will tell a House panel today that it will drop plans to use
handheld computers to help count Americans for the 2010 census, contributing to the increase in cost for
the decennial census by as much as $3 billion, according to testimony the Commerce Department secretary
plans to give this afternoon [4/3/2008].
Billion-dollar IT failure at Census Bureau:
The US Census Bureau faces cost overruns up to $2 billion on an IT initiative replacing paper-based data collection
methods with specialized handheld devices for the upcoming 2010 census. The Bureau has not implemented longstanding
Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations and may therefore be forced to scrap the program.
Census Returns to Paper
Count. Technology problems will force the government to count all of the nation's 300 million
residents the old-fashioned way in the 2010 census — with paper and pencil.
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a House subcommittee Thursday [4/3/2008] that the government will scrap plans
to use handheld computers to collect information from the millions of Americans who don't return census forms
mailed out by the government. The decision is part of a package of changes that will add as much as
$3 billion to the cost of the constitutionally mandated count, pushing the overall cost to more than
$14 billion. [That's $46.67 per capita.]
Remarks about the Census scrapping handheld
computers for 2010 count: What would be the likelihood that the handheld computers could be
re-used for the 2020 Census? Would the vendor still support the more than 10-year-old hardware at that
time? How many [of us] are still using 10+ year old computers? [The Census is] spending
gigantic wads of money on something that will be obsolete before it can be used even a second time.
The Editor says...
Excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but shouldn't a whole bunch of people lose their pencil-pushing
government jobs over this?
Bureau Admits It 'Artifcially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples' — by 40%. The
Census Bureau admitted yesterday [9/27/2011] that it had "artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples"
in the United States, initially reporting a number that was about 40 percent higher than what it now
believes is accurate.
Earlier news and commentary about the census:
Longer census form
upsets some residents. The 2000 Census was comprised of two forms, one long and one short, but
this time the long form won't be required because of the ongoing American Community Survey, which began in
2003 and is distributed throughout the year. It provides more accurate, up-to-date profiles of America's
communities. The ACS takes about 38 minutes to complete, similar to the old long form, census
officials say. Some local residents, however, see the form as the government as being too intrusive
and forceful in retrieving personal information with the survey.
'Constitution is stupid,' argues
Census worker. When Michigan resident Kim Carey refused to answer questions about her neighbor
posed by a Census Bureau employee making follow-up visits, she cited her belief that the questions are
"unconstitutional," to which the enumerator retorted, "The Constitution is stupid."
Muslim census a
difficult count. A new census of Muslim congregations is reviving controversies over how
many Muslims are in the USA, how they are counted and why it matters. For minority religious groups,
particularly Muslims and Jews, higher numbers can mean enhanced social and political clout in the U.S.
D.C. Undercount. After decades of losing residents to the suburbs, the nation's capital is
growing with its largest increase in population since 1950. The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged on
Friday [7/21/2006] that it had underestimated the number of people living in the District of Columbia and
added more than 31,000 people to Washington's official population — increasing it to 582,049.
The Editor says...
They're supposed to count (enumerate) the population, not just estimate.
Flashback to 2000:
Firestorm Hits Capitol Hill As Americans Protest 2000
Census: Phone lines are ringing off the wall in Congressional Offices as Americans express their
outrage over the intrusive questions on the 2000 Census form. Even the short form's "eight simple
questions" invade personal privacy as it asks if the home is owned or rented, who owns it and what is the
telephone number. All of this information is already available to the government through federal, state
and local records. What does such information have to do with assuring an official count of the nation,
as called for in the Constitution?
Feds implement perpetual
census: Critics of 's decennial census "long form" may soon find a similar
questionnaire in their mailboxes as the U.S. Census Bureau begins implementing a revised version
of the American Community Survey.
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