WASHINGTON, DC – In light of today’s Supreme Court arguments, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, highlighted two staff reports critical of Chairman Cummings’s use of Committee resources to interfere with the ongoing litigation over the citizenship question before the Supreme Court. These reports analyze the history of the citizenship question and demonstrate that Democrats’ efforts to sow fear and controversy around its reinstatement are meant to score political points.
- Democrats sought the same information at issue before the Supreme Court.Chairman Cummings used the authority of the Committee to gather documentary and testimonial evidence at the heart of the Supreme Court case. One Democrat Member of the Committee even proclaimed that the Committee’s oversight was intended to “reveal something that the courts can use” in the litigation. The decision to hold hearings on matters currently involved in litigation carried the potential to jeopardize the impartiality of judicial proceedings.
- Democrats should not have interfered with ongoing litigation, especially at the Supreme Court. When Chairman Cummings was in the minority, he argued against interfering with ongoing litigation. Outside experts agree that Chairman Cummings should not have forced Secretary Ross to disclose information at issue in the Supreme Court litigation.
- Collecting Citizenship information is not a new practice. Every decennial census from 1820 to 1950 asked about citizenship. A question related to citizenship appears annually on the American Community Survey. State and federal entities solicit and collect citizenship data for a variety of reasons, including employment and licensure. The collection of citizenship information during a population census is a common practice among countries.
- Democrats are fear-mongering about the citizenship question. Democrats are loudly protesting the reinstatement of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census knowing full well that similar citizenship information is solicited regularly at all levels of government. Citizenship information obtained by the Census Bureau cannot be used for immigration enforcement or any other law enforcement purpose. Despite Democrat hysteria about the citizenship question, policymakers at all levels of government use anonymized and aggregated citizenship data for legitimate reasons.