Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, announced that a citizenship question will be included in the upcoming 2020 census. This would be the first time since the 1950’s that people are asked whether or not they are citizens or not. As a result, California and New York have both sued the Trump administration over the inclusion, citing that the citizenship question is a violation of the United States Constitution.
In addition, several Miami lawmakers have also voiced their displeasure at the inclusion of such question, but Florida Senator Marco Rubio argues that it’s not as alarming as people are making it out to be.
Commenting on the matter, the Senator explained that “I personally don’t see the problem with it. I think there’s a lot of noise being made about it.”
Congressional members of South Florida argue that they fear people will not want to answer the census if the citizenship question is included.
But, Senator Rubio details that the census already asks personal questions, so including one more shouldn’t make a difference in dissuading people from answering the census. He questioned that “They ask you how much money you make, how many kids you have, your race and ethnicity. Why wouldn’t it ask you about your citizenship status?”
He then commented that “Some people are going around saying they are going to use the census document as some sort of immigration enforcement vehicle and others are concerned that there will be underreporting. But the truth is, congressional districts across the state are designed by population and taking into account how many are U.S. citizens, I personally don’t see the problem with it.”