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Rep. Steve King introduces bill to add citizenship question to census

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King introduced a bill this week that would add a question to the 2020 census form asking people if they are U.S. citizens.

The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down a Trump administration move to add the question on its own to the census form. After introducing his bill, King said:

Congressman Steve King
“Overall, the Supreme Court ruling delaying the Trump Administration’s restoration of a citizenship question to the decennial census is a ridiculous example of judicial overreach,” said King. “However, buried within Part III of the decision is an important 5-4 majority holding that shouldn’t be overlooked. That holding makes it clear that as a matter of Constitutional law, the Enumeration Clause ‘permits Congress, and by extension the Secretary, to inquire about citizenship on the census questionnaire.’

That holding underscores the need for swift consideration and passage of my ‘Census Accuracy Act.’ My bill requires the asking of a citizenship question on the census, and its swift enactment would prevent the Supreme Court from continuing to second-guess the Trump Administration’s legitimate census policy choices. American citizens are losing representation in the House of Representatives due to illegal immigration, and American citizens should question the motives of a Congressional majority that panders to illegal aliens by accepting it.”

King is the author of HR 1320, the Census Accuracy Act, legislation he introduced that requires the Census Bureau to include a question identifying a respondent’s status. Last week, King secured 192 votes in the House in favor of a King amendment that allows federal funds to be used to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Congressman King claims to be “the leading Congressional proponent of restoring a question regarding respondent’s citizenship status to the census, and he has worked effectively to advance this cause.” In February of 2018, King led a letter signed by 10 Members of Congress expressing support for requiring the decennial census to ask about citizenship. “We write to demonstrate our strong support for requiring the decennial census to ask respondents about their citizenship status,” the King letter states. “Adding a citizenship question would result in American citizens being more accurately represented in Congress.”

Meanwhile, King announced that he will be hosting two town hall meetings on Tuesday, July 2. Both town halls are open to the public and to the media.

The first of the two town halls will be held in Butler County at the Parkersburg American Legion Post 285 Building located in Parkersburg at 110 Colfax St. The Butler County town hall will run from 9:00-10:00 AM Central.

The second of the day’s town halls will be held in Humboldt County at the Dakota City VFW located in Dakota City at 412 Main Street. The Humboldt County town hall will run from 2:00-3:00 PM Central.

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