WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted the Trump administration in their efforts to include a citizenship question in the widely anticipated 2020 census.
- Speaking at a press conference in San Francisco, Pelosi disapproved of the Republicans’ attempt to repress districts just so they get the votes of their people alone.
- After announcing last year that the citizenship question will be added, critics asserted that the move will only frighten noncitizens thus resulting to inaccurate data.
On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced President Trump’s efforts to “make America white again” by pushing on to include a question on citizenship in the impending 2020 census.
Pelosi criticized Republicans for attempting to quash and divide districts so that instead of the vote of the general population, it would be just their people’s vote.
“That’s why they’re fighting the census,” she said during a San Francisco press conference on election security.
Persistently labeling the effort as “disgraceful”, Pelosi said, “But this is about keeping — you know, Make America, you know his hat — Make America White Again. They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted,” she said citing a phrase she used before to knock the immigration policies of the president.
Following last year’s announcement from the Commerce Department that a citizenship question will be added, the act triggered controversy while critics maintained that when asked about their citizenship status, noncitizens may feel threatened thus would likely result to an inaccurate count.
Even with the Supreme Court temporarily blocking the addition of the question late last month, efforts by the Trump administration to include the citizen question is still underway.
In connection to the inclusion of the citizenship question to the 2020 census, both Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross were voted in contempt of Congress by the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee last month.
Although the next step in the case of criminal contempt would be a vote on the House floor, Pelosi expects that it would happen soon. She said, “That’s another place where you’ll probably see a contempt action on the part of the House of Representatives on the Trump administration.”
Despite the Trump administration appearing to recall their efforts last week to restore the question by stating that no citizenship status on the census will be asked, Trump tweeted the next day that the undertaking would keep “moving forward.”
Pelosi stated that the Supreme Court did not the rule in their favor because evidence as to why the citizenship question should be included in the census was found to be lacking.
“So they kicked the can, for which the administration said, ‘OK we won’t put it on there,’ but then the President injected himself into this.”
On Monday, Barr said the administration would examine which recourse to take on the census in the coming days.