DANVILLE, IN — Today, Congressman Todd Rokita released the following statement applauding the Trump Administration’s decision to ask about citizenship for the 2020 census.
“It is common sense for our government to ask every person living in the United States whether or not they are a citizen, so I applaud the Trump’s Administration’s decision,” said Congressman Todd Rokita. “As Indiana’s recently former Secretary of State, I understand that in order to have fair and accurate elections, we must have a meticulous count of legal citizens. Illegal immigrants should not be factored into figures used to draw voting districts. The fearmongering from those opposed to this action is proving they have no respect for the Constitution and that when it comes to advancing their political agenda, the end justifies the means.”
Rokita is a cosponsor of the Census Accuracy Act of 2017, which will improve the quality of data collected by the United States Census by documenting the number of illegal immigrants who are currently in the country.
During Rokita’s time as Indiana’s Secretary of State, he fought for election reforms by implementing Indiana’s landmark photo identification law, which he successfully defended at the United States Supreme Court in 2008. Indiana’s photo ID law for voting was the first in the nation, and now more than 30 states have constitutionally protected photo ID laws modeled after Indiana’s.