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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMPRACTICAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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How Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is still in Congress after his prostitute scandal escapes me. If his latest legislative effort is some kind of attempt to redeem himself with voters, he's living in a very warped world. Vitter is proposing to cut off funding for the 2010 Census unless the survey checks the citizenship of all people responding. Even if you didn't think it was bad public policy designed to exploit anti-immigrant passions, there are three very, very big practical problems with the idea. First, it would cost a fortune to make the change at this late stage - upwards of $7 billion. Second, inserting an "untested" question just months before the ten year Census is supposed to take place would put the accuracy of the entire Census at risk. And third, the US Constitution mandates that the census count every person, regardless of citizenship status.

Gebe Martinez from the Center for American Progress makes the case for why this proposal needs to be defeated.

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  1. George's Avatar
    Actually it is self defeating for the GOP. Had illegals not been included in re-districting in 1990, Texas and Florida would have had two fewer electoral votes each and Al Gore would have been elected President..one more thing, David Vitter thinks it is ok to sleep around as long as his partner happens to be white...that is why he has remained silent in the recent case involving a justice of peace who refused to officiate an interracial marriage.
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