REPEAT POST: Let’s find out how many citizens there are in the USA

I am repeating this post because it is being discussed in the House Oversight Committee today, and because the matter of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census is coming before the Supreme Court within the next couple of weeks. I am also adding a detailed list of citizenship questions asked on the Census since 1890, and on the American Community Survey annually since 2010. I just heard a congressman from Virginia say that there had not been a citizenship question on the census for decades (I think he said 1950); that is a lie. I also heard AOC make some stupid (as usual) statements about the citizenship question, such as she didn’t understand where the question came from (the questions come directly from the American Community Survey).

There is a strange, but transparent, political stand that Democrats are taking over the question on the 2020 census that asks the citizenship status of each of those living in the United States. To be exact, these are the questions that they are objecting to, as they appear now on the ACS:

Obviously, the Democrats are interested in getting the counts of citizens higher in their districts, where more non-citizens tend to live (cities and border communities), thus increasing the number of Democrat representatives in Congress. They may also, possibly, wish to mask the number of non-citizens who may be voting illegally in our elections.

Rep. Jim Jordan: I Don’t Know Why Democrats Don’t Want to Know How Many Citizens Are in the U.S.

As Jim Jordan says, the 2020 Census doesn’t even include a follow-up question on whether the respondent is living in the country illegally. He goes on to say:

“I’d like to remind my colleagues the citizenship question is not new. It has appeared on previous decennial Census questionnaires and is asked on the American Community survey every single year. The majority apparently does not object to the American Community survey asking a citizenship question, so I don’t understand the majority’s objection to the question now,” he said.

“It is the exact same question on both forms. My colleagues complain the question hasn’t been tested, because it was out at the last minute. This argument’s simply false. The question has already gone through rigorous testing over more than a dozen years as it has appeared on the American Community survey. In fact, the American Community survey required more rigorous testing for this question than the question would have received in 2018 Census tests,” Jordan said.

“The American Community survey is sent to 3 million households annually, while the 2018 Census test in Providence, Rhode Island, was only tested on 600,000 people one time. If you’re doing the math, in the past 10 years, the citizenship question has already been answered by 30 million households, but wait, there’s more,” he said.

You may wonder why I say that their political stand is “strange”. The key to that is in my study of genealogy.

If you have searched census data since 1850, you know that the questions change from one census to another. You also know that many of the questions have to do with place of birth, birthplaces of parents, and dates of immigration, as well as other questions like profession, value of real estate, value of personal estate, income, education, marital status and number of years married. Several ask whether or not you are deaf, dumb, blind, insane or idiotic.

The 1900 census is valuable to genealogists because it asks the month and year of birth. It also has a whole section on citizenship: Year of immigration to the United States; Number of years in the United States; Naturalization status. The 1910 census also includes a citizenship section and questions whether or not you speak English or what language you do speak, as does the 1920 census, the 1930 census, and the 1960 census. The 1940 census has a citizenship section, as does the 1950 census, the 1970 census, 1980 census, 1990 census, and the 2000 census.

It is only in 2010, during the Obama administration, when the census changed radically. Five out of six households received a short form census questionnaire that only asks ten questions:

  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
  2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
  4. What is your telephone number?
  5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name?
  6. What is Person 1’s sex?
  7. What is Person 1’s age and Date of Birth?
  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
  9. What is Person 1’s race?
  10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?

One out of six households received a long-form questionnaire called the American Community Survey. This survey is sent out every year to a different group of households, and no household will receive it any more frequently than once every five years. What this results in are “summaries” periodically released by the Census Bureau which, I assume, can summarize the data in any way they see fit.

As Representative Jordan stated, there are citizenship questions on the ACS, so what exactly is the point of objecting to the same question on the 2020 census? My conclusion is that it is easier to fudge the data with the ACS than with an actual hard count on the census form.

If you would like to explore the census questions through the years from 1790 to the present, they can be found here:

U.S. Census Bureau; Index of Questions

Here are the census questions, by year, since 1890:

1890:

  • Person’s place of birth
  • Place of birth of person’s father
  • Place of birth of person’s mother
  • How many years has the person been in the United States?
  • Is the person naturalized?
  • Has the person taken naturalization papers out?

1900:

  • What was the person’s place of birth?
  • What was the person’s father’s place of birth?
  • What was the person’s mother’s place of birth?
  • What year did the person immigrate to the United States?
  • How many years has the person been in the United States?
  • Is the person naturalized?

1910:

  • Place of birth of the person
  • Place of birth of the person’s father
  • Place of birth of the person’s mother
  • Year of immigration to the United States
  • Is the person naturalized or an alien?

1920:

  • Year of immigration to the United States
  • Is the person naturalized or alien?
  • If naturalized, what was the year of naturalization?
  • Person’s place of birth
  • Person’s father’s place of birth
  • Person’s mother’s place of birth

1930:

  • Person’s place of birth
  • Person’s father’s place of birth
  • Person’s mother’s place of birth
  • Year of immigration into the United States
  • Is the person naturalized or an alien?

1940:

  • Person’s place of birth
  • If foreign born, is the person a citizen?

1950:

  • What State or country was the person born in?
  • If foreign born, is the person naturalized?
  • What country were the person’s mother and father born in?

1960:

  • Place of birth
  • If foreign born, what is the person’s mother tongue?
  • Birth country of person’s father
  • Birth country of person’s mother

1970:The following questions were asked of only a sample of respondents

    1. Where was this person born?
    2. Is this person’s origin or descent…
      • Mexican
      • Puerto Rican
      • Cuban
      • Central or South American
      • Other Spanish
      • None of these
  • What country was the person’s father born in?
  • What country was the person’s mother born in?
    1. For persons born in a foreign country- Is the person naturalized?
    2. When did the person come to the United States to stay?

1980: The following questions were asked of a sample of respondents

  • In what state or foreign country was the person born?
  • If this person was born in a foreign country…
  • Is this person a naturalized citizen of the United States?
  • When did this person come the United States to stay?

1990: The following questions were asked of a sample of respondents:

  • In what U.S. State or foreign country was this person born?
  • Is this person a citizen of the United States?
  • If this person was not born in the United States, when did this person come to the United States to stay?

2000:

  • What is this person’s ancestry or ethnic origin?
  • What state or country was this person from?
  • Is this person a citizen of the United States?
  • If the person was not born in the United States, when did he come to live in the United States?

2010:

For the 2010 census, the long- and short-form questionnaires used from 1940 to 2000 were replaced by a single questionnaire asking 10 questions. The questions asked by the long-form questionnaire are now asked by the annual American Community Survey. [See questions asked above]

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4 Responses to REPEAT POST: Let’s find out how many citizens there are in the USA

  1. stella says:

    They are continuing to lie about the citizenship question.

    As seen in the listing of questions (above) it has not been 69 years since there was a citizenship question on the census.

    Like

  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Let me know if this makes sense to you. “Obviously, the Democrats are interested in getting the counts of citizens higher in their districts, where more non-citizens tend to live (cities and border communities), thus increasing the number of Democrat representatives in Congress.” Could this be part of the reason for sanctuary cities? You add this to no citizenship questions and they almost automatically win.

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