Cruz: Trump Has ‘Constitutional Responsibility’ To Put Citizenship Question on Census

Cruz: Trump Has ‘Constitutional Responsibility’ To Put Citizenship Question on Census

The Supreme Court recently ruled against the Trump administration’s recent efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 long-form census.

Although Article 1, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates Congress carry out the census in “such manner as they shall by Law direct,” the court ruled that asking a census respondent whether he or she is a citizen did not pass scrutiny.

If that sounds like complete nonsense to you, you are not alone.

Sen. Ted Cruz is frustrated about the court’s ruling and wasn’t afraid to be blunt about his feelings when he appeared Tuesday on “America’s News Room” on the Fox News Channel.

“This is just common sense,” Cruz said. “The Constitution gives to the federal government the responsibility to do a census every 10 years. That census needs to be an accurate count. It needs to count the people who are in this country and for virtually every census for over a century, it has included the question ‘Are you a citizen or not?'”

The debate surrounding the question has brought a firestorm of controversy. Detractors argue that even asking the question is racist and harms immigrants in America. However, advocates argue the question helps obtain a more accurate count and assists in addressing solutions related to the immigration crisis happening in America.

Regardless of the end purpose, Cruz said that it is better to know than not know.

“One of the problems as we are debating public policy it that a lot is unknown,” Cruz said. “For example, you can see you see the figure that are 11 to 12 million illegal aliens. You see that bandied around quite a bit. The truth of the matter is no one really knows whether that is 11 or 12 million, or 20 million, or a bigger number. So, it’s important that the census do an accurate count. And it’s basic common sense that you ask about citizenship.”