Census Should Ask About Citizenship

Ryan Hite, Jordan Henry, John and Andy Schlafly
05-16-2018

American citizenship is the most valuable status in the history of the world, worth more than even Roman citizenship was. It is absolutely necessary that a census of the people in our country should include in its questions whether someone is a citizen.

Yet asking for that basic information created a massive firestorm among liberals who want to blur the distinction between those who are American citizens, and those who are not. No one can claim it is an invasion of anyone’s privacy to ask about citizenship, given that it should be a matter of public record.

Wilbur Ross, the genteel industrialist who runs the obscure 115-year-old U.S. Department of Commerce, appears to be an unlikely person to cause such controversy. Ross holds a position that is considered a backwater in the president’s cabinet.

But Secretary Ross has become the most valuable player of the Trump administration. Not only has he provided critical support for the president’s America First trade agenda, but he has laid the groundwork for the president’s reelection by restoring the citizenship question to the census.

The importance of his decision is shown by the fact that Democrats in California immediately filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to stop it. Federal judges appointed by Democratic presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and even Jimmy Carter have become the first stop in the resistance to President Trump carrying out the will of the American people.

The initial lawsuit against Wilbur Ross was filed by the attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, who should have his hands full defending his state’s unconstitutional sanctuary laws against a federal lawsuit by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. San Francisco is not only a sanctuary for illegal aliens, but it is also a popular venue for liberals seeking judicial supremacy to block Trump at every turn.

Another lawsuit against Ross is being threatened by Obama’s disgraced attorney general Eric Holder, who was found in criminal contempt of Congress for his role in covering up the Fast and Furious scandal. That should have derailed Holder’s legal career, but instead it’s treated as a badge of honor by those who advocate the alleged rights of illegal aliens.

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