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jordanian1110
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JustCallMeTarzan
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Should the citizenship question be included in the census?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/8/2010 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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jordanian1110

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No, because I don't see where it would make a difference.What would be the point of asking about citizenship on the census? The purpose of the census is to account for the individuals whom reside in this country and allocate resources appropriately. (At least, that's what they tell us.) Whether someone is a citizen, or not, does not change the fact that they are on American soil and utilize the resources in their community. Also, asking a citizenship question would scare away those who participate in the census based on the fact that they are assured of that citizenship doesn't matter when filling it out.
JustCallMeTarzan

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My opponent states that "the purpose of the census is to account for the individuals whom reside in this country and allocate resources appropriately."

This involves the supposition that the census is fundamentally about counting the number of people in the country, or in other words, determining population levels.

Without a question of citizenship on the census, there would be no way to know how many people are actually residents OF the United States, and how many people are simply resident IN the United States - i.e. without a question of citizenship on the census, there is no way to know what the accurate population of the United States is.

Furthermore, since non-citizens are not allowed to vote in all elections in all jurisdictions, the appropriate allocation of resources requires a count of citizens, not merely persons in the jurisdiction.
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And everything still stands uncontested.
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