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Citizenship question on census? Why?

To the editor:

I have serious concerns about the President’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. As many news outlets and fact-finders have reported, this question is largely unnecessary and is a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress the response rate among minority communities — specifically, Latinos. Not only that, but evidence has come to light showing that the idea was specifically proposed to give a discriminatory advantage to “non-Hispanic whites.”

By adding this question, the Trump administration is attempting to reduce the representation of minority communities in Congress. Though non-citizen aliens cannot vote, it is critical that they have representation in the census, since the Constitution calls for “an actual enumeration” of all people living in the United States, not just citizens (Art. 1 Sec. 2). Fortunately, the Supreme Court ruled last month that the proper procedures for adding the question were ignored, so the question was not added. However, the president has taken it upon himself to try to get the question added via executive action.

This is a violation of the separation of powers, plain and simple. The Court has told the Trump administration that they cannot proceed with the question, yet Trump is reportedly considering adding it anyway. This should concern everyone. No president should have this level of flagrant disregard for the highest court in the land. It is critical that the president comply with the order of the Court and begin printing the census immediately. To neglect to do so would be a dereliction of duty.

This question would harm immigrant communities throughout the United States and in Minnesota as well. It is our duty to oppose this question and to see that President Trump complies with the rule of law.

Rodrigo Tojo Garcia

New Ulm

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