Citizenship question on the census? Supreme Court to decide
As the 2020 census approaches, contention is on the rise about whether the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., and the Census Bureau can add a question about citizenship to the questionnaire. The issue has made it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where arguments were heard on Tuesday, April 23, in the case of Department of Commerce v. New York, et al. The results of this case could discourage undocumented individuals from completing the census, which could impact how constituents are represented, including in Democratic districts, such as the Chicagoland area.
When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, the first instruction listed for the government was for an “actual enumeration” of the people — aka the census. The great task of counting every resident of the United States is accomplished every 10 years and usually doesn’t pass without some sort of fanfare (how could it, it only comes about once a decade).