The Supreme Court's temporary rejection of the citizenship question is good, but the real reason should be that nothing in the Constitution authorizes requiring everyone to provide citizenship information. The sole Constitutional purpose of the census is to count people.


The census is used to determine representation in Congress.

If State A has 1000 legal residents, and State B has 1000 legal, plus 1000 illegal, and all are included in the census, State B now has more power, and logic follows that those non citizens have power over citizens.

@AtlasFreeman @gmcgath Nevertheless, the Constitution requires that districting be based on total population, not total number of citizens.

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