Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution states: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States… according to their respective Numbers…"
It says nothing about making people say whether they are citizens.
Donald Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, octogenarian billionaire Wilbur Ross, is in charge of the Census Bureau.
He is requiring the 2020 Census to include inquiries into whether persons counted are citizens.
The intent is obvious: find out whether blue California, 13% of whose residents are considered to be noncitizens, should lose seats in the US House of Representatives.
California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, has filed suit to overturn Ross’ demand.
Associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman has recently read General H.R. McMaster’s brilliant 1997 book, Dereliction of Duty, which is about the numerous military and political mistakes which the United States made in the Vietnam War.
McMaster, recently fired by Trump as his National Security Advisor in favor of the much more hawkish John Bolton, met with Sherman and Becerra earlier today.
McMaster offered to apply his keen analytical skills to help Becerra in his lawsuit. “Going after noncitizens like that is a clear dereliction of duty,” he told Becerra.