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What if millions of citizens checked 'not a citizen'?: Defeating Trump's Plot to Corrupt the Census

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The 2020 Census form may be corrupted by adding a question about citizenship
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By Dave Lindorff

President Donald Trump, thanks to a congenital inability to stop running his mouth, may ultimately undermine his administration's effort to corrupt the integrity of the upcoming 2020 Census. His latest blurting out that the reason for his wanting to add a controversial question about citizenship status to the Census form is for "redistricting" could be a major red flag for even right-wing Supreme Court justices.

But should the now majority right-wing Supreme Court ultimately rule in the administration's favor and permit such a question an action which experts say could lead to millions of immigrants declining to fill out the form, leading to an unjustified increase in Republican-leaning Congressional districts for the next decade there is still a way to fight back.

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Imagine if millions of US citizens concerned about this willful corruption of the accuracy of the Census, and the resulting false count of the US population for redistricting purposes, and for the important allocation of federal aid to the states, were to simply check the box on the completely anonymous Census form claiming that they are not US citizens.

Would that be illegal? Technically yes. Refusing to answer a Census question and providing a false answer are listed as minor federal crimes carrying fines , respectively, of $100 and $500. But weigh those relatively small maximum penalties against the likelihood of being caught, or even prosecuted? According to Danny Cervallas, a legal analyst at MSNBC , the chance of being prosecuted is almost non-existent. First of all, the forms are by law anonymous, and so tracking you down would require a major effort (one which could be legally challenged, too, of course). Second, there would be a complication in trying to bring such a case, individually or as a conspiracy, since the law forbids using a Census document as evidence of a crime without the consent of the person who filled out the form, on the grounds that it would violate the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.

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The only way this would be effective is if the vast majority of people did this.

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I disagree. If a few million concerned citizens did it the whole issue of the question would be resolved. If word got out that so many people were doing it, immigrants would feel save doing it too, and the census would be more accurate.


It just needs to become commonplace, not universal.


Let's hope the idea becomes viral.


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I forgot to mention this yesterday.

I worked the mid-decade Census in 2015 in a very Hispanic area. Quite a few times people would tell me up front that they weren't citizens because they thought the Census was only for citizens. Only when I explained to them that the Census had nothing to do with citizenship but was only to get a total head count, did they agree to answer the questions.

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What I don't understand is what the big deal is. The only people that have to worry about answering this question are people that are in this country illegally. If you are in this country illegally, you should be worried about answering this question The government has EVERY right to know the number of non citizens that are in this country.


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