A borderless, paperless American Banana Republic
There are different kinds of ‘developed countries’. The degree of development varies according to various economic, political and social aspects. The questions is, how developed can a country be if it cannot keep its borders functioning, its laws respected and its population safe?
The most recent case in point is the Supreme Court of the United States’ unanimous vote against an initiative from the Trump administration to include a question in the 2020 census that would allow the government to learn what residents of that country are citizens.
The decision, according to the Court, was made after the judges alleged that the petition does not explain satisfactorily why the country must ask residents if they are citizens or not.
Thus, the Supreme Court denies the country the possibility of knowing who is who on US territory. That decision makes the country look much more like a Banana Republic than a developed country.
Critics of the government’s intention to ask about citizenship in the census say it is an offensive question and that racism is at its core.
Those same critics are also openly promoting open border policies, offering everything free for those who manage to cross the border between Mexico and the United States illegally and who in many cases are giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses so that they can vote in the 2020 elections.
The Court invited the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census, to provide a clearer explanation. So it does not rule out the possibility that the question can finally be included, although it would be difficult since the census forms should start printing this week.
The justification provided by the Government for the inclusion of the question is that it would help protect minority voters.
“It seems totally ridiculous that our government, and our country, cannot formulate a basic question about citizenship in an important, detailed and expensive census, in this case the 2020 one,” said the US president on a tweet from Osaka, Japan, where he attended the G20 meeting.
“I have asked the attorneys if they can delay the census, for as long as possible, until the Supreme Court is given additional information on which to make a conclusive decision on this very critical issue,” added Trump.
The census, which is done by sending forms to households and which the Constitution considers as a mere “enumeration”, has historically been used to gather more information than the mere total number of inhabitants, including questions about sex, age, race or origin.
The intention of the Republican Administration to include the controversial question aroused notable controversy, even though the federal government uses the census data to determine the number of seats that correspond to each State in the House of Representatives and to distribute resources among the States and local administrations.
Critics fear that the question of citizenship will lead many immigrants to not participate in the census, for fear of being singled out, which could reduce the representation of Democrats.
Democrats traditionally receive substantially more immigrant votes, especially those who came into the United States illegally, which is why they oppose asking the citizenship question on the census.
According to existing law, illegal aliens and people who are not born in the country are not allowed to vote, but cities like New York have already approved laws to provide driver licenses to illegals, which could enable them to access voting booths in 2020.
Underrepresentation in the census of the Hispanic population and other minorities could have consequences especially in urban areas and in states such as California, New York or Texas, which is why it makes a lot of sense to add the citizenship question to the census.
Officials say that adding the question to the census could leave up to eight million people out of the census, as they would refuse to complete the form sent to them by mail.