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Huckabee Sanders Falsely Claims Citizenship Question Was Asked In Every Census Since 1965 Until Obama

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Huckabee Sanders Falsely Claims Citizenship Question Was Asked In Every Census Since 1965 Until Obama




White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely told reporters that the citizenship question added by the Trump administration to the 2020 census has been included “in every census since 1965, with the exception of 2010, when it was removed.”

The question was actually removed in 1950 out of concern that it could hurt the results.

“This is a question that’s been included in every census since 1965, with the exception of 2010, when it was removed,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.

“We’ve contained this question that provides data that is necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters and specifically help us better comply with the Voting Rights Act.”



Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the administration’s citizenship decision in a memo released Monday night.

The Hill adds:

The seemingly arcane tweak drew an outcry from Democrats who warned it could have a major impact on immigrant communities.

Census data helps the government allocate federal aid and draw state legislative districts. Critics warn the question will deter immigrants in the country illegally from filling out the census, which could lead to less federal aid to areas with high populations of such immigrants.

Democrats have met the change with efforts to sue and block the change with legislation, although it’s unclear whether those avenues have legs.




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