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Immigration Advocates Are Concerned That A New Census Question Will Take Money From States With High Immigrant Populations

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Every ten years, since 1790, the U.S. government issues out a questionnaire that is supposed to gather the basic information of each person living in the U.S. in order to have statistics about population and demographic groups. This information is gathered by the Census Bureau and is used to figure out how the economy is doing. It is also very useful when it comes down to elections. Politicians need to know which groups live where in order to know what people in those areas need, what issues are important there, and an overall understanding of each particular community. However, one new question has immigration advocates concerned.

The 2020 Census will now include this new question: “Are you a citizen of the U.S.?”

The U.S. Department of Commerce complied to a request by the Department of Justice as directed by Jeff Session to include this new question, which some find very controversial.

Some people, including former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder, say this new question intimidates immigrants and non U.S. citizens from answering any of the census questions.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice says that by adding this new question, which has not been part of the census since the 1950, will better assist in implementing the Voting Rights Act.

As Holder points out, asking people about their citizenship is not a census requirement as indicated in the constitution.

Holder announced that he is planning on suing the Donald Trump and his administration for asking people an unconstitutional law.

Holder says this addition to the census is purely political and has nothing to do with enforcing the Voting Rights Act.

In a press release, Holder said:

“The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy. This question will lower the response rate and undermine the accuracy of the count, leading to devastating, decade-long impacts on voting rights and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding. By asking this question, states will not have accurate representation and individuals in impacted communities will lose out on state and federal funding for health care, education, and infrastructure. Contrary to the Administration’s stated rationale, asking the citizenship question on the census is not critical to enforcing the Voting Rights Act.”

The census report is not to reflect U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens, it’s extensive data that analysis all people in the U.S.

An email from Trump’s re-election campaign was sent out to supporters that said adding this question was vital to know how many actual U.S. citizens were living in the country.

“The President wants the 2020 United States Census to ask people whether or not they are citizens. In another era, this would be COMMON SENSE… but 19 attorneys general said they will fight the President if he dares to ask people if they are citizens. The President wants to know if you’re on his side,” the email said.

READ: Latinos NEED to Count All Their Children for the 2020 Census

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This 'American Idol' Contestant Is Back After Being Let Go 5 Years Ago, But This Time He's In Drag

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This ‘American Idol’ Contestant Is Back After Being Let Go 5 Years Ago, But This Time He’s In Drag

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It’s been five years since he took the American Idol audition stage.

Ada Vox made quite the entrance for his “American Idol” audition with a gold dress complete with a black tulle tear-away train. The San Antonio drag queen felt right at home in front of the judges and for good reason. According to a pre-audition conversation Vox had with Katy Perry, it is not the first time the queen has faced the “American Idol” judges. Vox has already competed on “American Idol” Season 12 as Adam Sanders. Vox wasn’t a quickly dismissed contestant the last time either. He made his way to the top 50 contestants while on the show. That was five years ago and this time Vox is determined to make it all the way.

Perry: “And why do you think you got let go?”

Vox: “I didn’t have my stuff together. I was just a chubby little Latino boy into plaid shirts.”

Vox belted out “House of the Rising Sun” by Animals and Perry was shook. Vox’s rendition captivated all of the judges as he slowly let the song come to life in front of Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. His range in the song prompted Bryan to ask about Vox’s range and that’s when the party really started. Vox immediately dropped her voice and sang one line from “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team and it sent Perry running around with joy. He then took his range as high as he could and Bryan couldn’t help but applaud the singer. Vox’s vocal skills were enough to get him through to Hollywood so get ready to see more of this powerful drag queen on your tv.

READ: ‘American Idol’ Contestant Brandon Diaz Dedicates His Audition To His Cuban, Immigrant Father

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