To the editor: Adding the citizenship question to census 2020 does two things for the Republican Party. First, it discourages undocumented people from being counted at all, which could lead to California losing one or two seats in the House of Representatives. Second, it further encourages skewed redistricting so that a minority party would be able to have majority vote. Besides, citizenship status data already is available from surveys, so it not necessary to add the question and risk damaging the census results.
This is as bad as the 1920 census when the Republican-controlled Congress refused to apportion the House because too many “foreigners” (i.e., Irish, Italians, etc.) had immigrated into the big cities. Add this to extreme gerrymandering and voter suppression. Is there no shame?
Chris Williamson, Camarillo
To the editor: An “actual enumeration” is not possible if a citizenship question is included. First of all, it is specious at best because it offers no information pertinent to the purpose of the enumeration. Clearly, the forefathers recognized the need to address the reality of the impact of noncitizens. Considering the Trump administration’s animosity toward noncitizens (and many citizens), there is real fear of repercussions.
Gregg Ferry, Carlsbad