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AMAC Signs Memo to Defend Citizenship Question, Oppose Judicial Overreach

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019
The Association of Mature American Citizens

Dan Weber republicans recess tax death tax entitlement programs NRA bank citizenshipOn behalf of the 1.6 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, AMAC’s President Dan Weber has signed the Conservative Action Project’s latest memo in support of defending citizenship on the 2020 census, and opposing the overuse of national injunctions.

As a conservative organization committed to representing the interests of mature Americans, AMAC fully supports the inclusion of a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, and we urge President Trump and his Administration to oppose the efforts made by various left-wing groups to remove this question. AMAC also stands against the increasing use of national injunctions by District courts, as was done in the latest ruling on the census question.

February 5, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Conservatives support efforts by the Trump administration to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. We urge the administration to actively appeal any efforts by leftist groups and others to have it removed.

Questions about citizenship have a long history on the U.S. Census, having appeared regularly from 1820 through 1950, since it was proposed by Thomas Jefferson in 1800. It also appears regularly on the American Community Survey (ACS), which is sent to one out of every 38 households on an annual basis.

Contrary to leftist claims, asking such a question will not result in a threat of deportation to respondents, or a downturn in census participation. The question is about citizenship—not legal status—and the Census Bureau is constrained by statute in sharing information about individual respondents. There is also no evidence that it will reduce the count among “had to count” populations. The ACS has asked a similar question for over a decade, which has not depressed participation; ironically, it has also not drawn any complaints from the left. Before that, the Long Form Census that preceded the ACS also asked it, without any erosion in participation.

Counting the number of citizens and non-citizens is critical for two reasons. First, it helps determine an accurate allocation of more than $800 billion in federal resources every year. Second, and more importantly, it assists in enforcing voting rights laws across the country—a policy goal the left has claimed for years it supports.

We also raise issue with the rising use of national injunctions by District courts, as was done in the most recent ruling related to the census question. These injunctions allow District courts sweeping power to bind the entire country, beyond the scope of their current jurisdiction. We echo the comments of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that they “appear inconsistent with longstanding limits on equitable relief and power of Article III courts. If their popularity continues, this court must address their legality.”

The judge’s ruling will, moreover, hand ever-increasing power to the administrative state, subtracting it from the executive power.

We urge the Trump administration to offer a full-throated defense of its citizenship question on the 2020 Census, and urge the Supreme Court to weigh in swiftly on the growing abuse of national injunctions by the District courts.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
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President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Former Chairman
U.S. Census Monitoring Board
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Member, South Carolina
United States Senate (2005-2013)
Rachel Bovard
Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee (2003-2012)
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
David Bozell
Adam Brandon
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America
Kenneth A. Klukowski, Esq.
General Counsel
American Civil Rights Union
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Dan Weber
Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
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Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
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Young America’s Foundation
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Christian Coalition of America
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Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives
Ralph Benko
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union
Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Jenna Ellis
Director of Public Policy
James Dobson Family Institute
Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy
Bob Adams
Revive America PAC
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American Conservative Union
Rebekah Gantner
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Ed Martin
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Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
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Craig Dance
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Tim Wildmon
American Family Association
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Andresen Blom
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The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
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The Honorable Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
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Peter Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former State Representative
Illinois General Assembly
Lew Uhler
National Tax Limitation Committee
Seton Motley
Less Government
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Eric Georgatos
Trident Advisors
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group
Richard Wright
AAndrews Consulting , LLC
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Dr. Ron Seeley
Council for National Policy
William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group
Jim Clymer
Vice President
Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund
Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
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Jeff Hunt
Centennial Institute
Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Kelly Monroe Kullberg
America Conservancy
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation
C. Preston Noell, III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Chad Connelly
Faith Wins
Floyd Brown
America Fighting Back PAC
Curt Levey
Committee for Justice
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Florida State House
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Richard A. Viguerie
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Americans for Limited Government
Allen Roth
Secure America Now
Carolee Adams
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The Honorable James C. Miller III
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Joseph A. Morris
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Benjamin R. Case
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Caroline C. Lewis
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Amy Kremer
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Anne Schlafly Cori
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Peggy Dau
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Steve Berger
Grace Chapel
Lisa Calvert
Christian speaker and teacher
Rabon-Calvert Int.
Carrie L. Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum
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Independent Women’s Voice
Jeremy Cerone
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Jack Thomas
Jack Thomas
5 years ago

The citizenship question should be asked; those who oppose it being asked are left-wing Democrats and their allies (contrary to their prior claim that they once supported the citizenship question). The Census results should be turned over to the Secretary of State in each of our 50 States in order to purge the voting rolls of ineligible voters. Not doing so will lead to more nationwide voter fraud — which the Democratic Party has been getting away with for decades —- especially in states with no voter I.D. laws, making it easy for the “liberal progressives” to cheat on Election Day. Which is why Democrats oppose a federal voter I.D. law that would require every person to be a citizen to vote, and to show proof at their district polling place. Now ask yourself this question: If you’re a fair-minded person who respects the rule of law and believes the integrity of our elections must be protected, how could you possibly object to a national voter I.D. law? How would most Democrats answer that? News flash: Their answers will be disingenuous at best — “A voter I.D. law is unfair because it’s intent is to discriminate against minorities” or “It would only disenfranchise black and Latino Americans” … or “It would be too complex and difficult to enforce.” Why? Isn’t a valid I.D. required to apply for welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits? A driver’s license? A gun permit? A student loan? And isn’t one’s identity then checked and verified by the agency in question? Why then, should voting be immune to I.D. and citizenship verification?

Regarding the increasing abuse of injunctions by the federal courts (vs President Trump and his administration), I agree that it’s out of control. The U.S. Judiciary is still packed with liberal activist judges who think they can block any policy initiative that Trump wants to propose to help our country if they don’t agree with it. Here is a quote from an article appearing in National Review on this same topic:
“This is judicial supremacy at its worst. It usurps executive authority, and it perverts the very concept of rational-basis review into a free-wheeling grant of judicial authority to evaluate presidential actions based upon arbitrary and utterly subjective standards.”
Inevitably, the U.S. Supreme Court will be forced to tighten the reins on the lower courts and discipline judges who block the president from doing what he has a constitutional or statutory right to do. This is nonsense and it needs to stop!

Todd Taylor
Todd Taylor
5 years ago

There is no question in my mind that this is an appropriate question for a census; the question of citizenship should be answered.

Joe Kenron
Joe Kenron
5 years ago

Stop going after Judicial Watch

Jeff Hebb
Jeff Hebb
5 years ago

The fact that socialist democratic politicians continue to flagrantly use liberal leaning Judges to block almost every Presidential policy is despicable, and is undermining the Constitutionally Elected President in the performance of his Duty! It’s time that this nonsense stops!!

Anne-Marie Pender
Anne-Marie Pender
5 years ago

This is fantastic!
Along with this we really need to bring to the forefront that “birthright Citizenship” has long been misinterpreted!!! Let’s get everything out there and let those “babies who thought they were Americans” know that they are NOT!!!!

Anne Marie Duffy
Anne Marie Duffy
5 years ago

The United States of America, like any other country should be governed by it’s citizens, and provide for there well being, and therefore the question is germane. If you are not a citizen, you should not be able to vote and your opinion should not carry any weight, just as mine would not carry any weight in China or any other country because I am not a citizen. Quite frankly, if you are not a citizen and you do not like our policies or how we govern our country; you should be happy and find another country whose policies and government you do like and live there.

5 years ago

The question is not intrusive to the citizen and is needed information; it could tamp down any wild claims likely to come from AOC, Bernie, Nancy and so on…

Shirley Cook
Shirley Cook
5 years ago

I don’t think anyone that is an American Citizen should have an issue with this question.

5 years ago

Is there a penalty for lying on the census? Just wondering in today’s political climate how much the answers to this question could be trusted.

5 years ago

Is there a penalty for lying on the census? Just wondering in today’s political climate how much the answers to this question could be trusted.

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