By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) During his Tuesday evening broadcast onÂ Fox News, host Tucker Carlson addressed Democratic criticism over the Trump administration’s efforts to put a question about citizenship back on the 2020 Census after the Obama administration removed it in 2010, noting that government has a responsibility to know who is living in the country.
“Quick, here’s a quiz for you: How many foreign nationals are living in the United States right now?” he asked as he began his program.
“Just kidding, it’s a trick question. Nobody knows the answer,” Tucker noted.
He went onto to note that there are all kinds of estimates to choose from — anywhere from 10 million people to 50 million — but “we’d just be guessing” because no one knows for sure.
“Pretty embarrassing for a supposedly advanced country not to know who is living within its borders,” Carlson continued.
TheÂ Fox News host noted that the Trump administration has been attempting to address the lack of knowledge for the past two years in trying to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently was not unconstitutional though a majority sent a lawsuit over the question back to a lower court to give the administration another opportunity to better justify its reasoning.
He also remarked that Democrats are opposed to the question because they fear that “if voters actually knew how many non-citizens lived in the United States, they might be less enthusiastic about giving free health care to illegal aliens.”
Carlson said that “liberals” on the high court have thrown up the latest roadblock to the administration’s effort to get the question added to next year’s Census, noting that Attorney General William Barr said this week he believes the White House will ultimately prevail.
The APÂ noted:
â€¦Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Donald Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.
Tucker also said that “a large majority of Americans agree” with the administration that the question ought to be on next year’s constitutionally mandated census. “So does the United Nations. There’s nothing inherently weird or controversial about asking if someone’s a citizen of a country.
“Every nation has a rightÂ to know that,” he continued, adding that “ten previous censuses have asked about citizenship, by the way.”
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