Kobach Behind Scheme to Ask Citizenship in Census

Greg Palast on The Thom Hartmann Show

Tom Hartmann and Palast discuss the implications of the new citizenship question on the 2020 census.

As soon as I heard Trump was adding the question about whether you have a non-citizen in your household to the census I smelled Kobach. He’d already suggested it in a secret memo that we caught a glimpse of during a meeting in November, 2016 with Trump

The GOP’s basically turning the census into a giant caging operation to get rid of real citizen voters by asking if you have a non-citizen in your household. They want to scare people off from voting and they want to scare people off from filling out the census.

The census controls the size of the congressional delegation of states and they know this will adversely affect California, New York, and New Jersey, who have large immigrant populations. They know it’s going to shrink the Democratic congressional delegation — and shrink the number of Democratic electoral votes for president.

The census shouldn’t be used as a tool for harassing immigrants. It shouldn’t be used to cut the legs off the political power of New York and California. It shouldn’t be used to cleanse the voter rolls of New Mexico and Arizona. They want to weaponize the census and there couldn’t be anything worse.

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