By Rick Oltman, July 19, 2019
After yet another pathetic court ruling, President Trump announced recently that they won’t be adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In an Executive Order, he declared, “… we shall ensure that accurate citizenship data is compiled in connection with the census by other means.”
He instructed federal agencies to make their databases available to the Commerce Department, which runs the Census Bureau, as an alternate means to develop an accurate count of citizens.
“I am hereby ordering all agencies to share information requested by the Department to the maximum extent permissible under law.” – President Trump.
One irony, of many, in this bureaucratic/judicial chaos, is that the Census Bureau’s own employment application asks: “Are you a citizen or national of the United States?”
One agency that I would suggest can provide accurate data on citizenship is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
I suggest that the Form 1040 (the U.S. Individual Tax Return) include the citizenship question. It does ask important questions about filing status: Single, joint, head of household, widowed, blind, born before January 2, 1954, etc. The Form 1040 requires your Social Security Number and that of your spouse and all dependents you are claiming, which can quickly be cross referenced with DHS, NCIC and other federal agencies. The question should be asked for everyone listed on the Form.
I suggest they add the citizenship question to the Form 1040 for the coming 2019 tax filing. There are obvious advantages.
The IRS knows where you worked last year, via your W-2 or 1099, and if you have taxes withheld from every paycheck, they know where you are working right now, which can be helpful in enforcement. They also have your home address from the current filing.
This information can also be shared with Social Security and can generate “no-match” letters to the employer if the number and the name don’t match. If the Social Security number used is a fake, again, you have the employer’s address if any enforcement is warranted.
This would also apply to the many illegal aliens who requested and received TINs (Taxpayer Identification Numbers) in the past.
When one signs the Form 1040, they are declaring “Under penalties of perjury,” that what has been entered on the form is “true.”
There could be an added benefit to having the IRS carry the ball on this one. As entertaining as it would be, I just can’t see the members of Congress who opposed the citizenship question on the Census, support open borders and loudly broadcast their support for illegal aliens, name calling, and subpoenaing John Koskinen, the head of the IRS, with the intention of intimidating or embarrassing him over this issue.
I really can’t.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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