Every 10 years, the government conducts a census, as required by the Constitution. And by long-standing law, everyone is counted – citizens and non-citizens. But the Trump Administration doesn’t like immigrants, and so it is trying to game that law, to its political advantage.
Early this year, the Commerce Department decided to add a citizenship question to the census. The Commerce Secretary testified to Congress under oath that they did this at the Department of Justice’s request, to protect against racial discrimination in voting. This was a ridiculous claim, coming from the most anti-immigrant administration in years – which is actively trying to suppress the minority vote – and many suspected that the question was added to try to suppress responses from non-citizens. If enough non-citizens failed to respond, the states and districts in which they live would lose services and political representation. And now – because of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU – we know that Secretary Ross lied to Congress. The census question actually began with Secretary Ross, Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon – all intensely anti-immigrant – who got together and decided to add it. They asked the Department of Justice to request the question, to provide a cover story. Our government is lying to us about an ugly power grab and so far, nobody in the GOP is speaking out about their egregious behavior.
Tom McClintock is as aggressively anti-immigrant as the rest of his cohorts in the GOP, and just as dismissive of the truth. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.