AZ Sen. Candidate Ward: Dems Worried About 'Citizenship' Census Question, But Kept DACA Out of Omnibus
Dr. Kelli Ward said it is ironic that Democrats are criticizing the return of the citizenship question in the 2020 census, but failed to consider illegal immigrants with their votes for the omnibus spending package.
Ward, a Republican seeking to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), said it is not unconstitutional or illegal to ask about citizenship when compiling a Census.
She said the Census is used not only to get an accurate number of American residents, but to allocate federal funds, congressional districts and other important matters.
"It needs to be done accurately," Ward said.
She reacted to Democrats in states like California who are upset with the question's return.
The citizenship question appeared on "almost every decennial census from 1820 to 1950," according to the Commerce Department.
Additionally, another question asking the location of a resident's birth was dropped from the 2010 census under the Obama administration, according to the Washington Times.
Ward said Democrats refused to add a DACA fix to the omnibus bill, but are happy to use the Census to make a political point.
She said Democrats like to use "groups" like immigrants and minorities for their own political gain, like the way they champion a DACA fix, but ultimately fail to take action on behalf of such groups.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is in charge of facilitating the 2020 Census.
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