Fox & Friends guest falsely claims the Obama administration "simply removed" a census citizenship question

Fox & Friends guest falsely claims the Obama administration "simply removed" a census citizenship question

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NPR and Snopes have explained that the decennial census hasn't included a nationwide citizenship question on the census since 1960.​ In 1970, the citizenship question moved to a long-form questionnaire sent to fewer than 20% of American households. In 2010, the long-form questionnaire was replaced by the annual American Community Survey, which includes a citizenship question.

​From the July 8 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:​

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PETE HEGSETH (GUEST CO-HOST): ​​Why ​did the ​S​upreme ​C​ourt step​ in --​ if there​'​s ​constitutional ​rationale​, why are they stepping in and creating confusion here?

​JENNA ELLIS RIVES (ATTORNEY): It's a ridiculous act of political activism​, because​ the Constitution clearly leaves the process up to ​C​ongress​,​ which since 1790​, has provided​ implementing legislation to​ carry out the census. ​There have been other executive orders. And the executive branch is required to ​enforce the census and count the people so ​that we know that ​we can participate in the franchise and have​ free and fair​ elections. It's ​just ​common sense​ to count the citizens in the states​. ​So ​what the ​Supreme ​C​ourt has done, has said, is that the citizenship question -- which by the way has been on every census since the early 1800s​,​ it was​ simply​ removed by the ​Obama administration in 2010. This is a reinstatement​,​ that the question doesn't violate either the ​E​numeration​s​ ​C​lause ​in the Constitution or ​C​ongress' legislation. They're simply requiring ​P​resident ​T​rump to provide further rationale.

Previously:

Right-wing media were furious over exclusion of citizenship question from census

Trump’s sycophants attack "traitor" Chief Justice John Roberts after census ruling

Fox guest says Trump using the census to increase the power of white Republicans is just "a load of irrelevant noise"

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